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Chad Veach hosts Zoe Conference 2017 with Robert Madu and music by Zoe Worship.

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  • - Chad Veach: Hey, coming up
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  • next here on TBN is none other
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  • You were the Word
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  • at the beginning,
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  • the Lord Most High.
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  • in you our Christ.
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  • What a beautiful name it is.
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  • What a beautiful name it is,
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  • What a beautiful name it is.
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  • Nothing compares to this.
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  • What a beautiful name it is,
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  • the name of Jesus.
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  • You didn't want
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  • So Jesus,
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  • you brought heaven down.
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  • My sin was great,
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  • your love was greater.
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  • What could separate us now.
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  • What a wonderful name it is.
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  • Jesus Christ my King.
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  • What a wonderful name it is.
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  • Nothing compares to this.
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  • What a wonderful name it is,
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  • the name of Jesus.
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  • What a wonderful name it is,
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  • Death could not hold you,
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  • the veil tore before you.
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  • You silenced the boast
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  • of sin and grave.
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  • The heavens are roaring
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  • the praise of your glory for
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  • you are raised to life again
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  • You have no rival,
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  • you have no equal.
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  • Now and forever,
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  • God, you reign.
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  • Yours is the Kingdom,
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  • is the name above all names.
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  • What a powerful name it is.
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  • Jesus Christ my King.
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  • What a powerful name it is.
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  • Nothing can stand against.
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  • What a powerful name it is,
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  • the name of Jesus.
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  • You have no rival,
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  • you have no equal.
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  • Now and forever,
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  • God, you reign.
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  • above all names.
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  • Jesus Christ my King.
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  • Nothing can stand against.
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  • - Chad: Hey, what's going on,
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  • everybody?
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  • This is Pastor Chad here
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  • in Los Angeles, California.
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  • And we're so excited to
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  • have you join us.
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  • for us to have none other than
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  • Pastor Robert Madu teaching
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  • the Word of God today.
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  • Thank you so much.
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  • One of my dear friends.
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  • Pastor Robert is a pastor on
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  • staff at Trinity Church
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  • in Dallas, Texas.
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  • Married.
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  • - Robert Madu: Absolutely.
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  • - Chad: Kids.
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  • - Robert: Got 2 kids,
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  • 2-year-old daughter, 1-year-old
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  • son, and one in the oven.
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  • About to have 3 kids under 3.
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  • - Chad: Oh, but God is good.
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  • - Robert: Yes, he is.
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  • Pray for a chocolate brother.
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  • This is the last one.
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  • This is the last for a while.
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  • One for the Father, the Son, and
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  • the Holy Spirit.
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  • No more kids after this.
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  • - Chad: I love it, I love it.
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  • Well, we've been friends for
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  • years and you're honestly one of
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  • my favorite preachers in
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  • the whole world.
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  • To have you at Zoe Conference is
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  • not a small deal.
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  • It's our first conference and
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  • then, as we were thinking about
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  • thought, you know, I don't just
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  • want some of the best preachers,
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  • but some of our closest friends.
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  • So it's such a honor to have
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  • you.
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  • What's on your heart?
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  • What are you gonna teach?
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  • - Robert: First of all, let me
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  • just say, Zoe Conference has
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  • I'm just gonna--this is
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  • unsolicited advertisement.
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  • If your face is ever
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  • in the place in L.A.
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  • come to Zoe Church--Zoe
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  • Conference has been amazing.
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  • God's presence has been here,
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  • But I'm gonna be sharing
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  • a message called "The Water
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  • and the Wilderness."
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  • And really emanationá
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  • of the life of Jesus.
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  • When Jesus has this amazing
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  • over him, says, "You're my
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  • beloved Son in whom I'm well
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  • pleased," but right after that
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  • he's in the wilderness and
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  • the enemy's tempting him.
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  • And I feel like the Bible sets
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  • this up for us to give us a clue
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  • as to what life is like
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  • sometimes.
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  • Sometimes, you have this amazing
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  • open heaven moment and then you
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  • find yourself in the wilderness,
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  • and you're, like, "What in the
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  • But it was what happened in the
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  • water that was gonna sustain
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  • Jesus in the wilderness.
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  • And if you can hold on to what
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  • God spoke over you in the water
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  • you can face whatever the enemy
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  • tries to throw into you in the
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  • wilderness and so that's the
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  • - Chad: How amazing is that?
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  • I love that you said, you know,
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  • so much of life is these
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  • mountaintop experiences and then
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  • how did I get in the valley of
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  • despair right after?
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  • - Robert: Definitely, yeah, and
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  • they're needed, you know?
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  • You need those mountaintop
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  • experiences.
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  • You need conferences.
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  • It's like Red Bull for your
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  • faith.
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  • It's steroids for your spirit.
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  • The reality is you're gonna come
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  • off of that mountain and you're
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  • gonna face life, and I think the
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  • litmus test for your spiritual
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  • maturity is what do you do in
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  • the wilderness?
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  • Are you gonna believe the lie of
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  • the enemy and what he's trying
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  • to tell you you are or are you
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  • gonna hold on to the Word that
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  • you got from heaven?
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  • And I love what the Father spoke
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  • over Jesus.
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  • He said, "This is my beloved Son
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  • in whom I'm well pleased."
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  • And I think if you can remember
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  • - Chad: Live from that?
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  • - Robert: Absolutely.
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  • - Chad: Oh, I love that.
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  • And I love that it does say
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  • he was led there.
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  • And you just mentioned that,
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  • that you need both.
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  • And I think sometimes, a lot of
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  • us, we wanna just live on the
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  • one side and maybe can sometimes
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  • forget the benefits
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  • of the other side.
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  • What are some things that you
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  • would say out of this message on
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  • a life with Jesus, you're going,
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  • "Hey, this side over here--"
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  • 'cause we know the benefits of
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  • getting affirmed and God's Word
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  • over you and his presence.
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  • But what are some things that
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  • come maybe if people are
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  • struggling in the wilderness?
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  • - Robert: Yeah, I think one of
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  • the things you've gotta remember
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  • is to have the Word of God in
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  • you when you're in the
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  • wilderness.
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  • That's kind of the dichotomy is
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  • that in the water he got a Word
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  • over him, but in the wilderness
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  • the Word had to come out of him.
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  • And so Word can't come out of
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  • you in the wilderness until
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  • you've taken the time to put it
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  • in.
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  • You've gotta feed your spirit.
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  • And it'll just test what's
  • 00:09:45.270 --> 00:09:46.280
  • really in you.
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  • You never know what's in you
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  • until you face a wilderness
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  • moment.
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  • Anybody can worship on a
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  • mountaintop but it's in the
  • 00:09:52.140 --> 00:09:53.080
  • wilderness it defines your
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  • character, defines who you
  • 00:09:54.130 --> 00:09:55.130
  • really are.
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  • So you gotta make sure you're
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  • putting the Word of God in you
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  • because it gives you something
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  • to fight back against the enemy
  • 00:09:58.200 --> 00:09:59.140
  • and that's what I love, that God
  • 00:09:59.140 --> 00:10:00.090
  • hasn't left us without a weapon.
  • 00:10:00.090 --> 00:10:01.130
  • With every attack of the enemy,
  • 00:10:01.130 --> 00:10:02.270
  • Jesus' response was,
  • 00:10:02.270 --> 00:10:04.030
  • "It is written.
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  • It is written."
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  • It was like it
  • 00:10:05.110 --> 00:10:05.280
  • was a mixtape: "It is written,
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  • it is written."
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  • This is the Word
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  • of God and it came out on this.
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  • - Chad: I love that,
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  • I love that.
  • 00:10:10.130 --> 00:10:11.070
  • And what a beautiful, beautiful
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  • thought and message.
  • 00:10:13.010 --> 00:10:14.000
  • And so true.
  • 00:10:14.000 --> 00:10:15.030
  • I think both are needed, both
  • 00:10:15.030 --> 00:10:16.170
  • are essential.
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  • And I find that when I am really
  • 00:10:17.220 --> 00:10:19.270
  • embracing, wherever I am,
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  • whether it's the water or the
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  • wilderness, that I can really
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  • come to a place of gratitude,
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  • thanksgiving, I wanna thank God
  • 00:10:27.210 --> 00:10:29.040
  • in his presence, I wanna thank
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  • God when I feel like I'm in the
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  • wilderness.
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  • - Robert: Absolutely, and it
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  • gives you empathy for when other
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  • people are going through their
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  • struggle.
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  • So many times, it's easy to live
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  • in this bubble and think
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  • everything's perfect.
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  • You're tiptoeing through the
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  • tulips and Kool-Aid's coming out
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  • of your water fountain but after
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  • you've been through a wilderness
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  • you can look at somebody and
  • 00:10:44.070 --> 00:10:45.040
  • say, "Hey, you gonna make it,"
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  • 'cause they've been there, done
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  • that, got a T-shirt.
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  • You'll lose some of your pride
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  • because you realize, man, you
  • 00:10:49.280 --> 00:10:51.200
  • know, even Paul had a thorn in
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  • his flesh that was given to him
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  • to stop him becoming conceited.
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  • Sometimes you can--when life
  • 00:10:56.090 --> 00:10:58.050
  • is going so good it's, like,
  • 00:10:58.050 --> 00:10:59.060
  • "Oh, I'm good."
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  • You can look down on people
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  • but, man, when you go through
  • 00:11:01.000 --> 00:11:01.290
  • a wilderness season, I'm
  • 00:11:01.290 --> 00:11:03.090
  • telling you you have a heart for
  • 00:11:03.090 --> 00:11:04.250
  • people, you'll pray for people
  • 00:11:04.250 --> 00:11:06.070
  • more when you go through
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  • a wilderness season.
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  • - Chad: I love that.
  • 00:11:07.290 --> 00:11:08.250
  • I heard someone say recently,
  • 00:11:08.250 --> 00:11:09.190
  • you know, "Life can touch
  • 00:11:09.190 --> 00:11:10.180
  • all of us."
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  • But when they said that,
  • 00:11:11.270 --> 00:11:12.260
  • I thought, "Well,
  • 00:11:12.260 --> 00:11:13.160
  • you know, so can grace."
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  • Grace can touch all of us.
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  • Grace touched the woman at
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  • the well.
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  • Grace touched the adulteress,
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  • you know.
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  • Grace touches all, even as life
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  • touches us all.
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  • And if we'll remember that, we
  • 00:11:22.210 --> 00:11:24.040
  • can go through our wilderness
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  • seasons and come out on
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  • the other side victorious.
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  • I love it.
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  • I can't wait to hear it.
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  • It's a honor to have you here.
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  • Thank you so much.
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  • Hey, if you're tuning in at
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  • home, we just wanna say, "Get
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  • ready, grab yourself a Bible,
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  • a notepad, and some popcorn,
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  • 'cause it's about to go down.
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  • 'cause it's about to go down.
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  • [m
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  • [mus
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  • [music
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  • - Robert: Wanna look at two
  • 00:11:50.160 --> 00:11:53.160
  • passages of Scripture.
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  • I wanna look at Matthew chapter
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  • 3, verses 13 through 17, and
  • 00:11:56.060 --> 00:11:59.060
  • also Matthew chapter 4, verses 1
  • 00:12:01.070 --> 00:12:04.070
  • Matthew 3, starting at verse 13.
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  • When you got it, say, "Yeup."
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  • If you need some time,
  • 00:12:11.100 --> 00:12:12.080
  • say, "Hol' up."
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  • Well, hurry up,
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  • I ain't got that much time.
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  • It says: "Then Jesus came from
  • 00:12:18.150 --> 00:12:21.150
  • Galilee to John at the Jordan to
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  • be baptized by him.
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  • And John tried to prevent Him,
  • 00:12:26.210 --> 00:12:28.070
  • saying, 'I need to be baptized
  • 00:12:28.070 --> 00:12:30.060
  • by You, and You're coming
  • 00:12:30.060 --> 00:12:32.130
  • to me?'
  • 00:12:32.130 --> 00:12:33.270
  • But Jesus answered and said to
  • 00:12:33.270 --> 00:12:34.250
  • him, 'Permit it to be so now,
  • 00:12:34.250 --> 00:12:36.190
  • for thus it is fitting for us
  • 00:12:36.190 --> 00:12:38.050
  • to fulfill all righteousness.'
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  • Then he allowed Him.
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  • When He had been baptized, Jesus
  • 00:12:42.190 --> 00:12:43.170
  • came up immediately from the
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  • water; and behold, the heavens
  • 00:12:45.040 --> 00:12:47.180
  • were opened to Him, and He saw
  • 00:12:47.180 --> 00:12:49.090
  • the Spirit of God descending
  • 00:12:49.090 --> 00:12:50.160
  • like a dove and alighting
  • 00:12:50.160 --> 00:12:52.050
  • upon Him.
  • 00:12:52.050 --> 00:12:53.170
  • And suddenly a voice came from
  • 00:12:53.170 --> 00:12:55.200
  • heaven, saying, 'This is
  • 00:12:56.140 --> 00:12:59.140
  • My beloved Son, in whom
  • 00:12:59.140 --> 00:13:02.090
  • I am well pleased.'"
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  • It's exactly how God
  • 00:13:05.070 --> 00:13:06.210
  • sounded that day, by the way,
  • 00:13:06.210 --> 00:13:08.030
  • just in case you was wondering.
  • 00:13:08.030 --> 00:13:10.120
  • Matthew chapter 4, Matthew
  • 00:13:10.120 --> 00:13:12.110
  • chapter 4, verses 1 through 11.
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  • It says: "Then Jesus was led up
  • 00:13:14.180 --> 00:13:16.010
  • by the Spirit into
  • 00:13:16.010 --> 00:13:18.000
  • the wilderness to be tempted
  • 00:13:18.000 --> 00:13:19.080
  • by the devil.
  • 00:13:19.080 --> 00:13:20.150
  • And when He had fasted 40 days
  • 00:13:20.150 --> 00:13:22.180
  • and 40 nights--" Hoo, just let
  • 00:13:22.180 --> 00:13:25.100
  • that hit you in the face
  • 00:13:25.100 --> 00:13:26.090
  • for a minute.
  • 00:13:26.090 --> 00:13:27.290
  • Forty days and forty nights.
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  • Forty--yo, that's a long fast.
  • 00:13:31.170 --> 00:13:34.040
  • That's a long fast.
  • 00:13:34.040 --> 00:13:35.060
  • Earlier this year, I did, like,
  • 00:13:35.060 --> 00:13:36.180
  • a 21-day Daniel fast.
  • 00:13:36.180 --> 00:13:38.220
  • Twenty-one-day Daniel fast.
  • 00:13:38.220 --> 00:13:40.020
  • And 4 days into the fast, I was
  • 00:13:40.020 --> 00:13:41.180
  • convinced Daniel ate KFC.
  • 00:13:41.180 --> 00:13:44.110
  • And, see, I want nobody judging
  • 00:13:44.110 --> 00:13:45.260
  • me.
  • 00:13:45.260 --> 00:13:47.100
  • I struggle to fast 4 minutes.
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  • But Jesus fasted 40 days and
  • 00:13:49.000 --> 00:13:51.190
  • 40 nights.
  • 00:13:51.190 --> 00:13:52.200
  • And I love when the Bible, it
  • 00:13:52.200 --> 00:13:53.130
  • just be latently obvious, it
  • 00:13:53.130 --> 00:13:54.280
  • says: "Afterward He was hungry."
  • 00:13:54.280 --> 00:13:57.210
  • I bet he was.
  • 00:13:57.210 --> 00:13:59.100
  • Forty days, forty nights.
  • 00:13:59.100 --> 00:14:02.050
  • Ooh, no food.
  • 00:14:02.050 --> 00:14:03.140
  • And verse 3 says: "Now when the
  • 00:14:03.140 --> 00:14:05.020
  • tempter came to Him, he said,
  • 00:14:05.020 --> 00:14:05.290
  • 'If You are the Son of God,
  • 00:14:05.290 --> 00:14:07.290
  • command that these stones become
  • 00:14:07.290 --> 00:14:08.270
  • bread.' But He answered and
  • 00:14:08.270 --> 00:14:10.070
  • said, 'It is written, "Man shall
  • 00:14:10.070 --> 00:14:11.200
  • not live by bread alone, but
  • 00:14:11.200 --> 00:14:12.270
  • by every word that proceeds
  • 00:14:12.270 --> 00:14:14.190
  • from the mouth of God."'
  • 00:14:14.190 --> 00:14:16.080
  • Then the devil took Him up into
  • 00:14:16.080 --> 00:14:17.100
  • the holy city, and set Him on
  • 00:14:17.100 --> 00:14:18.170
  • the pinnacle of the temple, and
  • 00:14:18.170 --> 00:14:19.290
  • said to Him, 'If You are the Son
  • 00:14:19.290 --> 00:14:21.190
  • of God, throw Yourself down.
  • 00:14:21.190 --> 00:14:23.060
  • For it is written: He shall
  • 00:14:23.060 --> 00:14:25.020
  • give His angels charge over
  • 00:14:25.020 --> 00:14:26.030
  • you, and, In their hands they
  • 00:14:26.030 --> 00:14:27.060
  • shall bear you up, lest you dash
  • 00:14:27.060 --> 00:14:28.130
  • your foot against a stone.'"
  • 00:14:28.130 --> 00:14:30.140
  • Did you read what we just read?
  • 00:14:32.240 --> 00:14:34.090
  • Satan is quoting Scripture
  • 00:14:34.200 --> 00:14:37.200
  • to Jesus.
  • 00:14:37.200 --> 00:14:39.280
  • This is for free.
  • 00:14:39.280 --> 00:14:41.000
  • This ain't even part of the
  • 00:14:41.000 --> 00:14:41.210
  • message today, but I want you to
  • 00:14:41.210 --> 00:14:43.130
  • understand that how you approach
  • 00:14:43.150 --> 00:14:46.150
  • and how you apply the Word of
  • 00:14:46.150 --> 00:14:48.090
  • God to your life is critical,
  • 00:14:48.090 --> 00:14:50.030
  • because if you have the wrong
  • 00:14:50.030 --> 00:14:51.050
  • approach or the wrong
  • 00:14:51.050 --> 00:14:52.210
  • application of the Word of God
  • 00:14:52.210 --> 00:14:54.030
  • you can actually manipulate
  • 00:14:54.030 --> 00:14:55.290
  • Scripture to say whatever you
  • 00:14:55.290 --> 00:14:57.210
  • want it to say.
  • 00:14:57.210 --> 00:14:59.240
  • And it is a diabolical scheme of
  • 00:14:59.240 --> 00:15:02.170
  • the enemy to get you to adjust
  • 00:15:02.170 --> 00:15:04.240
  • the Word of God to fit your life
  • 00:15:04.240 --> 00:15:06.140
  • instead of adjusting your life
  • 00:15:06.140 --> 00:15:08.040
  • around the Word of God.
  • 00:15:08.040 --> 00:15:10.020
  • C'mon, somebody, I'm already
  • 00:15:10.020 --> 00:15:10.270
  • Jesus interpret Scripture--the
  • 00:15:13.070 --> 00:15:15.150
  • Scripture and he said, "It is
  • 00:15:15.150 --> 00:15:16.260
  • written again, 'You shall not
  • 00:15:16.260 --> 00:15:17.250
  • tempt the Lord your God.'"
  • 00:15:17.250 --> 00:15:18.200
  • Verse 8: "Again, the devil
  • 00:15:18.200 --> 00:15:19.150
  • took Him up on
  • 00:15:19.150 --> 00:15:20.110
  • an exceedingly high mountain,
  • 00:15:20.110 --> 00:15:21.140
  • and showed Him all the kingdoms
  • 00:15:21.140 --> 00:15:22.170
  • of the world and their glory.
  • 00:15:22.170 --> 00:15:23.180
  • And said to Him, 'All these
  • 00:15:23.180 --> 00:15:24.160
  • things I will give You if You
  • 00:15:24.160 --> 00:15:25.210
  • will fall down and worship me.'
  • 00:15:25.210 --> 00:15:27.080
  • And Jesus said to him,
  • 00:15:27.080 --> 00:15:28.070
  • 'Away with you, Satan!
  • 00:15:28.070 --> 00:15:29.250
  • For it is written, "You shall
  • 00:15:29.250 --> 00:15:30.180
  • worship the Lord your God,
  • 00:15:30.180 --> 00:15:32.020
  • Him only you shall serve."'
  • 00:15:32.020 --> 00:15:34.200
  • Then the devil left Him,
  • 00:15:34.200 --> 00:15:37.040
  • and behold, angels came
  • 00:15:37.040 --> 00:15:38.080
  • and ministered to Him."
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  • Can you say, "Amen"?
  • 00:15:40.240 --> 00:15:42.200
  • not long, probably about
  • 00:15:44.270 --> 00:15:46.050
  • 6-1/2 hours, just using this
  • 00:15:46.050 --> 00:15:49.020
  • as a title: "The Water
  • 00:15:49.020 --> 00:15:51.100
  • and the Wilderness."
  • 00:15:51.100 --> 00:15:54.050
  • "The Water and the Wilderness."
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  • Do me a favor.
  • 00:15:56.080 --> 00:15:56.270
  • Look at your neighbor
  • 00:15:56.270 --> 00:15:57.160
  • one last time.
  • 00:15:57.160 --> 00:15:58.050
  • Get in their face, get in
  • 00:15:58.050 --> 00:15:58.240
  • their personal space and say,
  • 00:15:58.240 --> 00:15:59.200
  • "Neighbor, it's about
  • 00:15:59.200 --> 00:16:01.180
  • the water and the wilderness."
  • 00:16:02.210 --> 00:16:05.210
  • C'mon, find you another
  • 00:16:05.210 --> 00:16:06.170
  • neighbor, one more neighbor.
  • 00:16:06.170 --> 00:16:07.190
  • C'mon, say, "Other neighbor,
  • 00:16:07.190 --> 00:16:09.060
  • I'm telling you it's about
  • 00:16:09.060 --> 00:16:11.190
  • the water and the wilderness."
  • 00:16:12.080 --> 00:16:15.080
  • C'mon, if you believe God's
  • 00:16:15.080 --> 00:16:16.040
  • gonna speak to you, would you
  • 00:16:16.040 --> 00:16:17.040
  • give him some praise up in here?
  • 00:16:18.010 --> 00:16:21.010
  • C'mon, let's pray, let's pray,
  • 00:16:21.010 --> 00:16:22.110
  • and it's gonna be a long prayer.
  • 00:16:22.110 --> 00:16:24.220
  • Gonna be a long prayer,
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  • but just bear with me.
  • 00:16:25.250 --> 00:16:27.070
  • Would you bow your heads?
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  • "God, you are awesome.
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  • Speak this morning, amen."
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  • Zoe Conference, this year--this
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  • year, I will celebrate and
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  • commemorate 13 years of
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  • full-time ministry.
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  • Thirteen years of full-time
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  • itinerate ministry.
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  • For the last 13 years I've had
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  • the incredible privilege and
  • 00:16:52.190 --> 00:16:53.230
  • opportunity to travel around the
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  • world and preach the gospel, the
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  • good news about Jesus, for 13
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  • years.
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  • And it's hard for my mind to
  • 00:17:01.100 --> 00:17:02.120
  • even believe that it's been 13
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  • years because I first started
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  • coming to the church I'm a part
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  • of in Dallas when I was just 3
  • 00:17:06.160 --> 00:17:08.000
  • years old.
  • 00:17:08.000 --> 00:17:09.110
  • I preached my first sermon when
  • 00:17:09.110 --> 00:17:11.100
  • I was 16, single, scrawny, still
  • 00:17:11.100 --> 00:17:13.280
  • living at home with my parents.
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  • Now I am happily married, 33, 3
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  • kids, 1 dog, no cat, 1 mortgage,
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  • 6 chest hairs.
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  • I'm a grown man now, people.
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  • I'm a grown man.
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  • And in my 13 years of traveling,
  • 00:17:27.200 --> 00:17:29.090
  • there is a question that I've
  • 00:17:29.090 --> 00:17:31.230
  • often been asked and it is a
  • 00:17:31.230 --> 00:17:33.060
  • question based on an assumption.
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  • You know, generally happen
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  • after a service, especially if
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  • my father is traveling with me,
  • 00:17:37.210 --> 00:17:38.270
  • somebody will inevitably come up
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  • to me and say, "Hey, Robert, how
  • 00:17:40.250 --> 00:17:42.140
  • long has your father been
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  • preaching?"
  • 00:17:43.160 --> 00:17:45.080
  • Or "Robert, where does your
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  • father pastor?"
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  • To some people's shock, I let
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  • them know that my father is not
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  • a preacher.
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  • My father is a firefighter.
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  • For the last 32 years, my dad,
  • 00:17:53.130 --> 00:17:55.150
  • Robert Madu Sr. has been
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  • fighting fires for the city of
  • 00:17:57.000 --> 00:17:59.090
  • Dallas for the last 32 years,
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  • okay?
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  • Yeah, shout out to all the first
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  • responders.
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  • Now, my father and I, we have
  • 00:18:04.250 --> 00:18:06.030
  • the same name, distinctly
  • 00:18:06.090 --> 00:18:09.090
  • different vocations.
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  • The same name, totally different
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  • callings.
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  • I think that's imperative for
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  • you to note this morning because
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  • in the unlikely event that your
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  • house should catch on fire, and
  • 00:18:20.110 --> 00:18:22.070
  • you were to be trapped inside of
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  • that house that caught on fire,
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  • and for whatever reason you can
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  • only call one Robert Madu to get
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  • you out, make sure you call
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  • the right Robert, okay?
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  • Make sure you call the right
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  • Robert.
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  • Now don't get me wrong.
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  • Both of us will do our best to
  • 00:18:37.030 --> 00:18:38.230
  • make sure you get saved.
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  • Church jokes early in the
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  • morning.
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  • Like, neither one of us would
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  • want you to experience
  • 00:18:45.280 --> 00:18:48.000
  • the flames.
  • 00:18:48.000 --> 00:18:50.030
  • However, how we accomplish that
  • 00:18:51.050 --> 00:18:54.050
  • objective will be totally
  • 00:18:54.050 --> 00:18:55.180
  • different, okay, all right?
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  • My father Robert Madu Sr.,
  • 00:18:57.060 --> 00:18:58.150
  • who's the fireman, he is going
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  • to jump on a firetruck, go
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  • inside the house, and rescue you
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  • from the flames.
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  • My approach gonna be a little
  • 00:19:05.130 --> 00:19:06.220
  • bit different, okay?
  • 00:19:06.220 --> 00:19:08.040
  • I'm just gonna grab a microphone
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  • and I'm gonna stand outside, a
  • 00:19:10.080 --> 00:19:12.150
  • considerable distance away from
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  • you that's trapped in the fire,
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  • and I'm just gonna encourage
  • 00:19:15.180 --> 00:19:16.140
  • you.
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  • I'm gonna encourage you.
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  • And I'm gonna say something
  • 00:19:17.210 --> 00:19:18.110
  • like, "Consider it pure joy, my
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  • brother, whenever you face
  • 00:19:21.100 --> 00:19:23.110
  • various trials, knowing that
  • 00:19:23.150 --> 00:19:26.150
  • the testing of your faith
  • 00:19:26.150 --> 00:19:28.050
  • produces perseverance,
  • 00:19:28.050 --> 00:19:30.230
  • and perseverance patience.
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  • I know you're in the fire right
  • 00:19:32.280 --> 00:19:35.240
  • now but you're coming out as
  • 00:19:35.240 --> 00:19:38.100
  • pure gold because no weapon
  • 00:19:38.230 --> 00:19:41.230
  • formed against you
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  • shall be able to prosper."
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  • Key change, heyyy!
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  • "You are not the only one that's
  • 00:19:48.010 --> 00:19:49.200
  • ever been trapped in a fire.
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  • Do y'all remember Shadrach,
  • 00:19:52.030 --> 00:19:53.130
  • Meshach, and Abednego?
  • 00:19:53.130 --> 00:19:55.260
  • They were in a fire too and
  • 00:19:55.260 --> 00:19:57.280
  • if God got them out then he--
  • 00:20:01.070 --> 00:20:04.070
  • I said he, not me,
  • 00:20:05.240 --> 00:20:08.240
  • but he get you out too."
  • 00:20:10.240 --> 00:20:13.240
  • All I'm saying is I'm a
  • 00:20:13.240 --> 00:20:15.120
  • preacher, not a firefighter.
  • 00:20:15.120 --> 00:20:17.250
  • Ooh, that was fun.
  • 00:20:17.250 --> 00:20:18.220
  • Anyway, in all seriousness,
  • 00:20:18.220 --> 00:20:20.290
  • in all seriousness, some of
  • 00:20:20.290 --> 00:20:22.270
  • my greatest memories as a kid
  • 00:20:22.270 --> 00:20:24.050
  • was when I would visit my dad
  • 00:20:24.050 --> 00:20:25.210
  • at the fire station, okay?
  • 00:20:25.210 --> 00:20:27.270
  • You gotta understand when you're
  • 00:20:27.270 --> 00:20:28.200
  • a little boy and your dad is
  • 00:20:28.200 --> 00:20:29.220
  • a fireman and you get to visit
  • 00:20:29.220 --> 00:20:31.060
  • him at the fire station, people,
  • 00:20:31.060 --> 00:20:32.250
  • the fire station to a little boy
  • 00:20:32.250 --> 00:20:34.050
  • is like Disneyworld without
  • 00:20:34.050 --> 00:20:35.240
  • the ticket prices, okay?
  • 00:20:35.240 --> 00:20:37.200
  • I vividly remember running
  • 00:20:37.200 --> 00:20:38.230
  • around the fire station.
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  • I'm trying on the uniform,
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  • I'm climbing the ladder.
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  • I am pretend driving the
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  • fire truck.
  • 00:20:43.190 --> 00:20:44.090
  • I remember kids at school would
  • 00:20:44.090 --> 00:20:45.120
  • be, like, "Hey, Robert, I got
  • 00:20:45.120 --> 00:20:46.130
  • a new fire truck for Christmas."
  • 00:20:46.130 --> 00:20:47.270
  • I'm like, "That's cute.
  • 00:20:47.270 --> 00:20:49.060
  • I drive one.
  • 00:20:49.060 --> 00:20:49.280
  • #dreambigger."
  • 00:20:49.280 --> 00:20:50.220
  • I mean, it was some
  • 00:20:50.220 --> 00:20:52.220
  • awesome moments, some awesome
  • 00:20:52.220 --> 00:20:54.070
  • memories that I'll never forget.
  • 00:20:54.180 --> 00:20:57.180
  • But hear me, Zoe Conference, I
  • 00:20:57.180 --> 00:20:58.190
  • will never forget the day I'm
  • 00:20:58.190 --> 00:21:00.060
  • a kid, listening to my dad at
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  • the fire station, and pretend
  • 00:21:01.290 --> 00:21:03.260
  • driving the fire truck, and all
  • 00:21:03.260 --> 00:21:05.100
  • of a sudden, without warning,
  • 00:21:05.100 --> 00:21:07.080
  • I hear on the intercom:
  • 00:21:07.080 --> 00:21:08.190
  • "Engine 26, 5-alarm house fire.
  • 00:21:08.190 --> 00:21:11.140
  • Engine 26, 5-alarm house fire."
  • 00:21:11.140 --> 00:21:14.030
  • And all of a sudden, my father
  • 00:21:14.030 --> 00:21:14.270
  • went from laughing and smiling,
  • 00:21:14.270 --> 00:21:17.160
  • get me pretend driving the fire
  • 00:21:17.160 --> 00:21:18.160
  • truck, to all of a sudden,
  • 00:21:18.160 --> 00:21:20.090
  • in his Nigerian voice saying,
  • 00:21:20.090 --> 00:21:22.020
  • "Son, get up, now!"
  • 00:21:22.020 --> 00:21:24.140
  • He picks me up, throws me out of
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  • the seat to my mom.
  • 00:21:26.040 --> 00:21:27.180
  • Immediately, firemen started
  • 00:21:27.180 --> 00:21:28.270
  • coming out of the crevices and
  • 00:21:28.270 --> 00:21:30.070
  • the corridors of the fire
  • 00:21:30.070 --> 00:21:31.110
  • station like ants escaping an
  • 00:21:31.110 --> 00:21:33.000
  • ant bed that had just been
  • 00:21:33.000 --> 00:21:34.090
  • stepped on.
  • 00:21:34.090 --> 00:21:35.030
  • I saw two firemen who were
  • 00:21:35.030 --> 00:21:36.110
  • playing ping-pong, they threw
  • 00:21:36.110 --> 00:21:38.120
  • the paddles in the air and
  • 00:21:38.120 --> 00:21:39.160
  • started putting on their gear.
  • 00:21:39.160 --> 00:21:40.170
  • One fireman was eating a turkey
  • 00:21:40.170 --> 00:21:41.190
  • sandwich.
  • 00:21:41.190 --> 00:21:42.210
  • He stopped mid-bite of the
  • 00:21:42.210 --> 00:21:44.120
  • turkey sandwich and jumped on
  • 00:21:44.120 --> 00:21:46.190
  • the fire truck and in no less
  • 00:21:46.190 --> 00:21:47.220
  • than 3 minutes, the same fire
  • 00:21:47.220 --> 00:21:49.200
  • truck I was pretend driving was
  • 00:21:49.200 --> 00:21:51.190
  • now peeling out of the parking
  • 00:21:51.190 --> 00:21:53.080
  • lot, and the same siren I was
  • 00:21:53.080 --> 00:21:54.270
  • pushing for my entertainment was
  • 00:21:54.270 --> 00:21:56.220
  • now being pushed for an
  • 00:21:56.220 --> 00:21:57.270
  • emergency, because time was of
  • 00:21:57.270 --> 00:22:00.110
  • the essence and destiny was on
  • 00:22:00.110 --> 00:22:02.070
  • the line.
  • 00:22:02.070 --> 00:22:03.230
  • And I will never forget the look
  • 00:22:03.230 --> 00:22:05.030
  • on my father's face and the
  • 00:22:05.030 --> 00:22:06.210
  • immediacy of the moment as he
  • 00:22:06.210 --> 00:22:08.070
  • had to quickly transition from a
  • 00:22:08.080 --> 00:22:11.080
  • moment of fellowship with his
  • 00:22:11.080 --> 00:22:12.190
  • son to now racing to put out a
  • 00:22:12.190 --> 00:22:14.290
  • fire that he didn't start.
  • 00:22:18.030 --> 00:22:21.030
  • I share my childhood memory with
  • 00:22:21.030 --> 00:22:22.130
  • you this morning in a feeble
  • 00:22:22.130 --> 00:22:24.110
  • attempt to accurately articulate
  • 00:22:24.110 --> 00:22:26.290
  • the tone and the tension of what
  • 00:22:26.290 --> 00:22:28.170
  • is happening in Matthew chapter
  • 00:22:28.170 --> 00:22:29.190
  • 3 with Jesus' baptism and in
  • 00:22:29.190 --> 00:22:31.140
  • Matthew chapter 4 with Jesus'
  • 00:22:31.140 --> 00:22:33.030
  • temptation.
  • 00:22:33.030 --> 00:22:34.150
  • And this morning, I need you to
  • 00:22:34.150 --> 00:22:35.190
  • feel the whiplash of our Savior
  • 00:22:35.190 --> 00:22:37.170
  • because in chapter 3 with his
  • 00:22:37.170 --> 00:22:39.070
  • baptism he is in perfect
  • 00:22:39.070 --> 00:22:40.210
  • fellowship with the Father but
  • 00:22:40.210 --> 00:22:42.080
  • in chapter 4 with his temptation
  • 00:22:42.080 --> 00:22:44.010
  • he is racing to put out a fire
  • 00:22:44.010 --> 00:22:46.130
  • that he did not start but was
  • 00:22:46.130 --> 00:22:48.050
  • started in the book of Genesis
  • 00:22:48.050 --> 00:22:49.140
  • when Adam and Eve were
  • 00:22:49.140 --> 00:22:51.030
  • disobedient and took of the
  • 00:22:51.030 --> 00:22:52.100
  • forbidden fruit and got humanity
  • 00:22:52.100 --> 00:22:54.130
  • in the mess that it is in today
  • 00:22:54.130 --> 00:22:56.160
  • and the tension is in his
  • 00:22:56.160 --> 00:22:58.020
  • transition from Matthew chapter
  • 00:22:58.020 --> 00:22:59.250
  • 3 to Matthew chapter 4.
  • 00:22:59.250 --> 00:23:02.080
  • Oh, can you put on your scuba
  • 00:23:02.080 --> 00:23:03.030
  • gear 'cause I'm gonna try to go
  • 00:23:03.030 --> 00:23:04.020
  • deep today, okay?
  • 00:23:04.020 --> 00:23:05.170
  • First of all, I want you to
  • 00:23:05.170 --> 00:23:07.050
  • understand that the chapter
  • 00:23:07.050 --> 00:23:08.200
  • numbers and the verse numbers
  • 00:23:08.200 --> 00:23:10.020
  • that are printed in your Bible,
  • 00:23:10.020 --> 00:23:11.140
  • although sometimes they can be
  • 00:23:11.140 --> 00:23:12.270
  • helpful, sometimes they can
  • 00:23:12.270 --> 00:23:14.180
  • actually be a hindrance and stop
  • 00:23:14.180 --> 00:23:16.040
  • you from getting the context of
  • 00:23:16.040 --> 00:23:17.150
  • the text that you're reading.
  • 00:23:17.150 --> 00:23:18.260
  • So if you're not careful, you'll
  • 00:23:18.260 --> 00:23:19.260
  • do what I've done for years,
  • 00:23:19.260 --> 00:23:21.050
  • which is to read about Jesus'
  • 00:23:21.050 --> 00:23:22.190
  • baptism in Matthew chapter 3,
  • 00:23:22.190 --> 00:23:24.060
  • pause for a commercial break,
  • 00:23:24.060 --> 00:23:25.210
  • and then read about his
  • 00:23:25.210 --> 00:23:26.240
  • temptation in Matthew chapter 4.
  • 00:23:26.240 --> 00:23:28.170
  • And you'll be tempted to look at
  • 00:23:28.170 --> 00:23:29.230
  • these two events as isolated
  • 00:23:29.230 --> 00:23:31.280
  • events that should be viewed
  • 00:23:31.280 --> 00:23:33.080
  • independently.
  • 00:23:33.080 --> 00:23:34.140
  • But I submit to you today that
  • 00:23:34.140 --> 00:23:35.210
  • these two events were never
  • 00:23:35.210 --> 00:23:36.280
  • supposed to be viewed
  • 00:23:36.280 --> 00:23:37.220
  • independently but rather
  • 00:23:37.220 --> 00:23:39.000
  • interdependently because God has
  • 00:23:39.000 --> 00:23:41.040
  • actually given us biblical
  • 00:23:41.040 --> 00:23:43.080
  • Blue's clues as to what you will
  • 00:23:43.080 --> 00:23:44.230
  • face as a believer.
  • 00:23:44.230 --> 00:23:46.150
  • God is just letting you know
  • 00:23:46.150 --> 00:23:47.220
  • that if you're gonna live a life
  • 00:23:47.220 --> 00:23:49.100
  • of faith, there is a trajectory
  • 00:23:49.100 --> 00:23:51.010
  • that your life will go through.
  • 00:23:51.010 --> 00:23:52.250
  • There is something that you will
  • 00:23:52.250 --> 00:23:54.160
  • face that is inevitable.
  • 00:23:54.160 --> 00:23:55.200
  • All I came to tell you today is
  • 00:23:55.200 --> 00:23:57.020
  • that there is a connection
  • 00:23:57.020 --> 00:23:58.100
  • between the water and the
  • 00:23:58.100 --> 00:23:59.180
  • wilderness.
  • 00:23:59.180 --> 00:24:00.280
  • The water and the wilderness.
  • 00:24:00.280 --> 00:24:02.150
  • The water and the wilderness,
  • 00:24:02.150 --> 00:24:05.020
  • ooh!
  • 00:24:05.020 --> 00:24:06.040
  • Maybe I read the wrong verse of
  • 00:24:06.040 --> 00:24:07.040
  • Scripture today and I shouldn't
  • 00:24:07.040 --> 00:24:08.200
  • have read Matthew's account.
  • 00:24:08.200 --> 00:24:10.010
  • Maybe I should have read my boy
  • 00:24:10.010 --> 00:24:11.090
  • Marky Mark's account because
  • 00:24:11.090 --> 00:24:13.000
  • look at how Mark puts it in Mark
  • 00:24:13.000 --> 00:24:13.270
  • chapter 1, verses 9 through 13.
  • 00:24:13.270 --> 00:24:15.150
  • I love it.
  • 00:24:15.150 --> 00:24:16.030
  • It says: "It came to pass in
  • 00:24:16.030 --> 00:24:16.240
  • those days that Jesus came from
  • 00:24:16.240 --> 00:24:19.040
  • Nazareth of Galilee, and was
  • 00:24:19.040 --> 00:24:20.060
  • baptized by John in the Jordan.
  • 00:24:20.060 --> 00:24:22.050
  • And immediately, coming up from
  • 00:24:22.050 --> 00:24:23.150
  • the water, He saw the heavens
  • 00:24:23.150 --> 00:24:24.140
  • parting and the Spirit
  • 00:24:24.140 --> 00:24:25.080
  • descending upon Him like a dove.
  • 00:24:25.080 --> 00:24:27.130
  • Then a voice came from heaven,
  • 00:24:27.130 --> 00:24:28.190
  • 'You are My beloved Son,
  • 00:24:28.190 --> 00:24:29.180
  • in whom I am well pleased.'"
  • 00:24:29.180 --> 00:24:31.040
  • Verse 12 says: "Immediately,"
  • 00:24:31.040 --> 00:24:33.190
  • immediately, no chapter break.
  • 00:24:33.190 --> 00:24:36.040
  • "Immediately the Spirit drove
  • 00:24:36.040 --> 00:24:37.120
  • Him into the wilderness.
  • 00:24:37.120 --> 00:24:38.150
  • And He was there in the
  • 00:24:38.150 --> 00:24:39.170
  • wilderness 40 days, tempted by
  • 00:24:39.170 --> 00:24:41.000
  • Satan, and was with
  • 00:24:41.000 --> 00:24:42.050
  • the wild beasts."
  • 00:24:42.050 --> 00:24:43.270
  • Immediately Jesus went from
  • 00:24:43.270 --> 00:24:45.060
  • the water to the wilderness.
  • 00:24:45.060 --> 00:24:47.190
  • See, it's that "immediately"
  • 00:24:47.190 --> 00:24:49.000
  • that irritated me this entire
  • 00:24:49.000 --> 00:24:50.040
  • week 'cause I'm trying to figure
  • 00:24:50.040 --> 00:24:51.060
  • out how in the world one moment
  • 00:24:51.060 --> 00:24:53.130
  • he's being baptized, the next
  • 00:24:53.130 --> 00:24:55.040
  • moment, he's in a battle.
  • 00:24:55.040 --> 00:24:57.020
  • One moment he is in total
  • 00:24:57.020 --> 00:24:58.070
  • comfort, the next moment he is
  • 00:24:58.070 --> 00:24:59.200
  • in total conflict.
  • 00:24:59.200 --> 00:25:01.200
  • One moment he is in cohesive
  • 00:25:01.200 --> 00:25:03.100
  • community, the next moment he is
  • 00:25:03.100 --> 00:25:04.270
  • in complete isolation.
  • 00:25:04.270 --> 00:25:06.240
  • One moment he hears a voice from
  • 00:25:06.240 --> 00:25:08.100
  • heaven, the next moment he hears
  • 00:25:08.100 --> 00:25:09.210
  • a voice from hell.
  • 00:25:09.210 --> 00:25:11.130
  • One moment he's in the water
  • 00:25:11.130 --> 00:25:12.190
  • getting a Word from heaven, the
  • 00:25:12.190 --> 00:25:14.000
  • next moment he's in the
  • 00:25:14.000 --> 00:25:15.000
  • wilderness facing real warfare.
  • 00:25:15.000 --> 00:25:16.280
  • C'mon, don't act like you ain't
  • 00:25:16.280 --> 00:25:18.010
  • never been there before.
  • 00:25:18.010 --> 00:25:19.060
  • How is it on Sunday or at
  • 00:25:19.060 --> 00:25:21.150
  • a conference like this, you
  • 00:25:21.150 --> 00:25:23.020
  • experience God's power and
  • 00:25:23.020 --> 00:25:24.140
  • presence but the very next week
  • 00:25:24.140 --> 00:25:26.060
  • it's like the enemy puts a laser
  • 00:25:26.060 --> 00:25:27.240
  • beam from hell on your forehead.
  • 00:25:27.240 --> 00:25:29.270
  • One moment you stepping out in
  • 00:25:29.270 --> 00:25:32.010
  • great faith, the next moment
  • 00:25:32.010 --> 00:25:32.270
  • fear has gripped your heart.
  • 00:25:32.270 --> 00:25:34.240
  • One moment you wanna pray for
  • 00:25:34.240 --> 00:25:36.010
  • your enemies and bless them that
  • 00:25:36.010 --> 00:25:37.110
  • curse you, the next moment you
  • 00:25:37.110 --> 00:25:38.180
  • wanna look at all your haters
  • 00:25:38.180 --> 00:25:39.220
  • and speak to them in a tongue
  • 00:25:39.220 --> 00:25:41.050
  • that needs no interpretation.
  • 00:25:41.050 --> 00:25:42.170
  • C'mon, somebody.
  • 00:25:42.170 --> 00:25:43.250
  • Does anybody know what it's like
  • 00:25:43.250 --> 00:25:45.170
  • to make a transition from the
  • 00:25:45.170 --> 00:25:47.100
  • water--ooh, I'm trying to preach
  • 00:25:47.100 --> 00:25:49.250
  • in here--to the wilderness?
  • 00:25:49.250 --> 00:25:51.170
  • The tension is in the
  • 00:25:51.170 --> 00:25:52.200
  • transition.
  • 00:25:52.200 --> 00:25:55.000
  • Zoe Conference, why is it?
  • 00:25:55.000 --> 00:25:56.030
  • Why is it that on the pathway to
  • 00:25:56.030 --> 00:25:57.250
  • your purpose, en route to your
  • 00:25:57.250 --> 00:25:59.160
  • destiny, that the GPS system,
  • 00:25:59.160 --> 00:26:01.220
  • God's positioning system, will
  • 00:26:01.220 --> 00:26:04.060
  • always tell you, "Start on Water
  • 00:26:04.060 --> 00:26:06.220
  • Road then make a sharp right
  • 00:26:06.220 --> 00:26:08.190
  • turn into the wilderness"?
  • 00:26:08.190 --> 00:26:11.120
  • You always go from the water to
  • 00:26:11.120 --> 00:26:12.270
  • the wilderness.
  • 00:26:12.270 --> 00:26:14.290
  • Before I talk about what
  • 00:26:14.290 --> 00:26:15.280
  • happened in the wilderness, I
  • 00:26:15.280 --> 00:26:17.050
  • first wanna discuss what
  • 00:26:17.050 --> 00:26:17.290
  • happened in the water.
  • 00:26:17.290 --> 00:26:19.110
  • I need you to understand today
  • 00:26:19.110 --> 00:26:20.020
  • that Jesus' baptism was a big
  • 00:26:20.020 --> 00:26:21.140
  • deal.
  • 00:26:21.140 --> 00:26:23.020
  • How many know it was a big deal?
  • 00:26:23.020 --> 00:26:23.240
  • As a matter of fact, if you're
  • 00:26:23.240 --> 00:26:24.160
  • here today and you've put your
  • 00:26:24.160 --> 00:26:25.140
  • faith in Jesus and you haven't
  • 00:26:25.140 --> 00:26:26.270
  • gotten baptized yet, what's
  • 00:26:26.270 --> 00:26:27.250
  • wrong with you?
  • 00:26:27.250 --> 00:26:29.030
  • Get baptized.
  • 00:26:29.030 --> 00:26:30.060
  • If Jesus got baptized, you know
  • 00:26:30.060 --> 00:26:30.280
  • your cray-cray self needs to get
  • 00:26:30.280 --> 00:26:32.000
  • baptized.
  • 00:26:32.000 --> 00:26:33.260
  • Jesus' baptism was a big moment.
  • 00:26:33.260 --> 00:26:36.010
  • This was an epic moment.
  • 00:26:36.010 --> 00:26:37.140
  • Jesus' baptism was like that
  • 00:26:37.140 --> 00:26:38.190
  • scene at the beginning of
  • 00:26:38.190 --> 00:26:39.140
  • the movie that if you missed it
  • 00:26:39.140 --> 00:26:40.190
  • 'cause you were putting extra
  • 00:26:40.190 --> 00:26:41.280
  • butter on your popcorn you may
  • 00:26:41.280 --> 00:26:42.270
  • as well go home and wait for the
  • 00:26:42.270 --> 00:26:43.220
  • movie to come out on Netflix
  • 00:26:43.220 --> 00:26:44.240
  • 'cause you're gonna be confused
  • 00:26:44.240 --> 00:26:45.280
  • the entire movie.
  • 00:26:45.280 --> 00:26:47.190
  • I found it intriguing, of the
  • 00:26:47.190 --> 00:26:49.020
  • four Gospel writers who put pen
  • 00:26:49.020 --> 00:26:50.170
  • to paper to discuss the life of
  • 00:26:50.170 --> 00:26:51.210
  • Jesus, only two of them
  • 00:26:51.210 --> 00:26:52.270
  • discussed Jesus' birth:
  • 00:26:52.270 --> 00:26:54.070
  • Matthew and Luke.
  • 00:26:54.070 --> 00:26:55.130
  • Mark and John don't even deem it
  • 00:26:55.130 --> 00:26:56.240
  • necessary to discuss the birth
  • 00:26:56.240 --> 00:26:58.280
  • of Jesus.
  • 00:26:58.280 --> 00:26:59.260
  • C'mon, you know you gangster
  • 00:26:59.260 --> 00:27:00.180
  • when you skip Christmas, okay?
  • 00:27:00.180 --> 00:27:02.000
  • They don't even talk about his
  • 00:27:02.000 --> 00:27:03.080
  • birth.
  • 00:27:03.080 --> 00:27:04.080
  • But all four of them talk about
  • 00:27:04.080 --> 00:27:05.090
  • what happened in the water and
  • 00:27:05.090 --> 00:27:06.180
  • what happened in the wilderness.
  • 00:27:06.180 --> 00:27:07.260
  • All four of them said,
  • 00:27:07.260 --> 00:27:09.010
  • "You cannot miss
  • 00:27:09.010 --> 00:27:10.040
  • this paramount moment."
  • 00:27:10.040 --> 00:27:11.100
  • I know Jesus' baptism
  • 00:27:11.100 --> 00:27:12.090
  • was a big deal because the Bible
  • 00:27:12.090 --> 00:27:13.210
  • says when Jesus got baptized
  • 00:27:13.210 --> 00:27:15.020
  • that immediately the heavens
  • 00:27:15.020 --> 00:27:16.240
  • opened up.
  • 00:27:16.240 --> 00:27:18.030
  • The heavens opened up.
  • 00:27:18.030 --> 00:27:20.000
  • C'mon, you know when the heavens
  • 00:27:20.000 --> 00:27:21.010
  • open up that the atmosphere has
  • 00:27:21.010 --> 00:27:22.150
  • just shifted.
  • 00:27:22.150 --> 00:27:23.220
  • You know when the heavens open
  • 00:27:23.220 --> 00:27:24.240
  • up that something is going to
  • 00:27:24.240 --> 00:27:26.080
  • happen.
  • 00:27:26.080 --> 00:27:27.050
  • C'mon, you know when the heavens
  • 00:27:27.050 --> 00:27:28.070
  • open up you gonna get a Word
  • 00:27:28.070 --> 00:27:30.000
  • from heaven.
  • 00:27:30.000 --> 00:27:31.030
  • C'mon, is there anybody in here
  • 00:27:31.030 --> 00:27:32.110
  • that wants to feel the heavens
  • 00:27:32.110 --> 00:27:34.050
  • open up in this place so you can
  • 00:27:34.050 --> 00:27:36.010
  • experience God's power
  • 00:27:36.010 --> 00:27:38.120
  • and his presence?
  • 00:27:38.120 --> 00:27:39.210
  • Ooh, c'mon, somebody give him a
  • 00:27:39.210 --> 00:27:41.240
  • praise like you want the heavens
  • 00:27:41.240 --> 00:27:43.000
  • to open up in this place.
  • 00:27:44.060 --> 00:27:47.060
  • C'mon, that's the best praise
  • 00:27:47.060 --> 00:27:48.070
  • you got?
  • 00:27:48.070 --> 00:27:49.040
  • C'mon, some of y'all are going
  • 00:27:49.040 --> 00:27:50.030
  • through some hell and you need
  • 00:27:50.030 --> 00:27:51.170
  • the heavens to open up
  • 00:27:51.170 --> 00:27:53.290
  • in your life.
  • 00:27:53.290 --> 00:27:56.100
  • Hallelujah,
  • 00:27:56.100 --> 00:27:58.000
  • and the heavens open up.
  • 00:27:58.000 --> 00:27:59.180
  • Something is going to happen.
  • 00:27:59.180 --> 00:28:01.150
  • I know Jesus' baptism was a big
  • 00:28:01.150 --> 00:28:02.160
  • deal simply because of who
  • 00:28:02.160 --> 00:28:04.010
  • showed up at the baptism.
  • 00:28:04.010 --> 00:28:05.260
  • Because for the first and only
  • 00:28:05.260 --> 00:28:07.030
  • time in the entire New Testament
  • 00:28:07.030 --> 00:28:08.250
  • the whole Godhead, the whole
  • 00:28:08.250 --> 00:28:10.120
  • Trinity, Father, Son, and
  • 00:28:10.120 --> 00:28:11.250
  • Spirit, made a cameo appearance
  • 00:28:11.250 --> 00:28:13.090
  • at the exact same time 'cause
  • 00:28:13.090 --> 00:28:15.030
  • you got God the Father making a
  • 00:28:15.030 --> 00:28:16.140
  • declaration from heaven, you got
  • 00:28:16.140 --> 00:28:17.230
  • God the Son being baptized in
  • 00:28:17.230 --> 00:28:19.070
  • the water, and you got the Holy
  • 00:28:19.070 --> 00:28:20.210
  • Spirit descending like a dove.
  • 00:28:20.210 --> 00:28:22.230
  • C'mon, when the whole Trinity
  • 00:28:22.230 --> 00:28:23.260
  • shows up, this is a significant
  • 00:28:23.260 --> 00:28:25.200
  • moment.
  • 00:28:25.200 --> 00:28:27.210
  • I know his baptism was a big
  • 00:28:27.210 --> 00:28:28.290
  • deal simply because of what the
  • 00:28:28.290 --> 00:28:30.220
  • Father was declaring over the
  • 00:28:30.220 --> 00:28:32.010
  • Son.
  • 00:28:32.010 --> 00:28:33.070
  • See, the Father was not
  • 00:28:33.070 --> 00:28:34.000
  • declaring a random Word.
  • 00:28:34.000 --> 00:28:35.120
  • The Father was declaring a truth
  • 00:28:35.120 --> 00:28:36.290
  • that has to be the anchor in
  • 00:28:36.290 --> 00:28:38.180
  • your soul whenever life comes
  • 00:28:38.180 --> 00:28:40.070
  • against you.
  • 00:28:40.070 --> 00:28:41.060
  • The Father was declaring
  • 00:28:41.060 --> 00:28:42.250
  • something that you gotta know
  • 00:28:42.250 --> 00:28:43.230
  • that you know that you know no
  • 00:28:43.230 --> 00:28:45.040
  • matter what you're facing in
  • 00:28:45.040 --> 00:28:45.290
  • here today and that truth is
  • 00:28:45.290 --> 00:28:48.040
  • this: I am loved.
  • 00:28:48.040 --> 00:28:49.230
  • I am a child of God and he
  • 00:28:49.230 --> 00:28:51.100
  • is pleased with me.
  • 00:28:51.100 --> 00:28:53.020
  • I am loved.
  • 00:28:53.020 --> 00:28:54.020
  • I am a child of God and he is
  • 00:28:54.020 --> 00:28:56.010
  • pleased with me.
  • 00:28:56.010 --> 00:28:57.240
  • I am loved.
  • 00:28:57.240 --> 00:28:59.100
  • I am a child of God and he--I'm
  • 00:28:59.100 --> 00:29:00.240
  • gonna say it 'til you get it.
  • 00:29:00.240 --> 00:29:02.190
  • I am loved.
  • 00:29:02.190 --> 00:29:03.150
  • I am a child of God and he is
  • 00:29:03.150 --> 00:29:05.040
  • pleased with me.
  • 00:29:06.000 --> 00:29:09.000
  • That truth right there, how many
  • 00:29:09.000 --> 00:29:10.180
  • of you know will change your
  • 00:29:10.180 --> 00:29:11.100
  • life forever.
  • 00:29:11.100 --> 00:29:13.120
  • Okay, like, 15 of you know it.
  • 00:29:13.120 --> 00:29:14.070
  • The rest of you are gonna find
  • 00:29:14.070 --> 00:29:14.290
  • out in a minute, okay?
  • 00:29:14.290 --> 00:29:15.250
  • I'm telling you, the day that is
  • 00:29:15.250 --> 00:29:17.100
  • cemented in your soul, that you
  • 00:29:17.100 --> 00:29:18.280
  • know you are loved.
  • 00:29:18.280 --> 00:29:20.000
  • You're a child of God and he is
  • 00:29:20.000 --> 00:29:21.250
  • pleased with you, ooh, that will
  • 00:29:21.250 --> 00:29:23.280
  • change the way you walk into a
  • 00:29:23.280 --> 00:29:24.210
  • room.
  • 00:29:24.210 --> 00:29:26.210
  • That will change your swag.
  • 00:29:26.210 --> 00:29:27.200
  • That will change the way you
  • 00:29:27.200 --> 00:29:28.190
  • hold up your head.
  • 00:29:28.190 --> 00:29:29.100
  • When you know you are loved,
  • 00:29:29.100 --> 00:29:30.100
  • you're a child of God and he is
  • 00:29:30.100 --> 00:29:32.180
  • pleased with you.
  • 00:29:32.180 --> 00:29:33.120
  • In fact, I wanna give you a dare
  • 00:29:33.120 --> 00:29:34.160
  • at Zoe Conference.
  • 00:29:34.160 --> 00:29:35.150
  • I wanna give you a dare.
  • 00:29:35.150 --> 00:29:36.190
  • Free country, but I wanna give
  • 00:29:36.190 --> 00:29:37.100
  • you a dare.
  • 00:29:37.100 --> 00:29:38.050
  • Every morning you wake up, every
  • 00:29:38.050 --> 00:29:39.060
  • morning you wake up, before you
  • 00:29:39.060 --> 00:29:40.170
  • brush your teeth, just go to the
  • 00:29:40.170 --> 00:29:41.180
  • mirror and declare over yourself
  • 00:29:41.180 --> 00:29:43.030
  • with your stanky breath
  • 00:29:43.030 --> 00:29:44.110
  • and just say, "I am loved.
  • 00:29:44.110 --> 00:29:46.150
  • I am a child of God and
  • 00:29:46.150 --> 00:29:47.190
  • he is pleased with me."
  • 00:29:47.190 --> 00:29:49.190
  • Ooh, that would be a great
  • 00:29:49.190 --> 00:29:50.240
  • way to start your day.
  • 00:29:50.240 --> 00:29:52.110
  • If you're thinking about getting
  • 00:29:52.110 --> 00:29:53.110
  • a face tattoo, I wouldn't.
  • 00:29:53.110 --> 00:29:55.050
  • But if you want to anyway, I
  • 00:29:55.050 --> 00:29:56.100
  • have a suggestion of what you
  • 00:29:56.100 --> 00:29:57.110
  • should put on your forehead.
  • 00:29:57.110 --> 00:29:58.030
  • You should put, "I am loved.
  • 00:29:58.030 --> 00:29:59.160
  • I'm a child of God
  • 00:29:59.160 --> 00:30:00.110
  • and he is pleased with me."
  • 00:30:00.110 --> 00:30:02.210
  • Next time you
  • 00:30:02.210 --> 00:30:03.130
  • go to Starbucks and the barista
  • 00:30:03.130 --> 00:30:04.150
  • says, "What name should I put on
  • 00:30:04.150 --> 00:30:05.250
  • the drink?"
  • 00:30:05.250 --> 00:30:06.210
  • You ought to tell her,
  • 00:30:06.210 --> 00:30:07.090
  • "I got three.
  • 00:30:07.090 --> 00:30:08.020
  • I am loved.
  • 00:30:08.020 --> 00:30:08.270
  • I am a child of God and he
  • 00:30:08.270 --> 00:30:10.140
  • is pleased with me."
  • 00:30:10.140 --> 00:30:11.290
  • Next time you're
  • 00:30:11.290 --> 00:30:12.270
  • on Facebook or Instagram
  • 00:30:12.270 --> 00:30:13.250
  • or Twitter or Snapchat and you
  • 00:30:13.250 --> 00:30:15.050
  • ain't getting the likes or
  • 00:30:15.050 --> 00:30:16.060
  • the comments or the views you
  • 00:30:16.060 --> 00:30:17.110
  • thought you were gonna get on
  • 00:30:17.110 --> 00:30:18.170
  • that particular post, I tell you
  • 00:30:18.170 --> 00:30:20.050
  • to cut off your smart device
  • 00:30:20.050 --> 00:30:21.220
  • that's making you stupid and
  • 00:30:21.220 --> 00:30:22.260
  • just declare to yourself,
  • 00:30:22.260 --> 00:30:24.040
  • "I ain't living for other's
  • 00:30:24.040 --> 00:30:25.120
  • people's likes because
  • 00:30:25.120 --> 00:30:26.200
  • I'm already loved.
  • 00:30:26.200 --> 00:30:28.040
  • I'm a child of God and he,
  • 00:30:28.040 --> 00:30:30.220
  • woo, is pleased with me."
  • 00:30:31.180 --> 00:30:34.180
  • Get happy on my own sermon.
  • 00:30:34.180 --> 00:30:35.220
  • That truth, change
  • 00:30:35.250 --> 00:30:38.250
  • your life forever.
  • 00:30:38.250 --> 00:30:40.090
  • What if, hah, what if--what if
  • 00:30:40.090 --> 00:30:42.040
  • you filtered every circumstance,
  • 00:30:42.040 --> 00:30:45.000
  • every negative comment from
  • 00:30:45.000 --> 00:30:46.030
  • other people, through that
  • 00:30:46.030 --> 00:30:47.080
  • transcendent truth?
  • 00:30:47.080 --> 00:30:48.290
  • Ooh, that you are loved.
  • 00:30:48.290 --> 00:30:50.120
  • You're a child of God and he is
  • 00:30:50.120 --> 00:30:51.270
  • pleased with you.
  • 00:30:51.270 --> 00:30:53.100
  • You wouldn't lose your joy so
  • 00:30:53.100 --> 00:30:54.220
  • easily if you were confident
  • 00:30:54.220 --> 00:30:55.230
  • of that.
  • 00:30:55.230 --> 00:30:56.140
  • C'mon, some of you wouldn't
  • 00:30:56.140 --> 00:30:57.100
  • walk into Conference looking
  • 00:30:57.100 --> 00:30:58.010
  • constipated and like you
  • 00:30:58.010 --> 00:30:58.240
  • been sucking on lemons
  • 00:30:58.240 --> 00:31:00.040
  • if you knew you were loved,
  • 00:31:00.040 --> 00:31:01.170
  • if you were a child of God
  • 00:31:01.170 --> 00:31:02.260
  • and he is pleased with you.
  • 00:31:02.260 --> 00:31:04.180
  • That means when people are,
  • 00:31:04.180 --> 00:31:06.170
  • like, "I don't like you."
  • 00:31:06.170 --> 00:31:08.090
  • Say, "That's cool.
  • 00:31:08.090 --> 00:31:08.280
  • I'm still loved.
  • 00:31:08.280 --> 00:31:10.050
  • I'm a child of God and he
  • 00:31:10.050 --> 00:31:12.020
  • is pleased with me."
  • 00:31:12.020 --> 00:31:13.040
  • "I think you're ugly."
  • 00:31:13.040 --> 00:31:14.180
  • "You're entitled
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  • to your opinion.
  • 00:31:15.050 --> 00:31:15.250
  • I'm still loved.
  • 00:31:15.250 --> 00:31:16.130
  • I'm a child of God and he
  • 00:31:16.130 --> 00:31:18.060
  • is pleased with me."
  • 00:31:18.060 --> 00:31:20.190
  • "You know
  • 00:31:20.190 --> 00:31:21.120
  • you ain't got no teeth."
  • 00:31:21.120 --> 00:31:22.080
  • "I know, but I'm still loved.
  • 00:31:22.080 --> 00:31:24.120
  • I'm a child of God and he
  • 00:31:24.120 --> 00:31:26.000
  • is pleased with--"
  • 00:31:26.000 --> 00:31:27.280
  • That truth.
  • 00:31:27.280 --> 00:31:29.100
  • Game-changer.
  • 00:31:29.100 --> 00:31:31.020
  • Hear me, Zoe, that's where most
  • 00:31:31.040 --> 00:31:34.040
  • believers stop.
  • 00:31:34.040 --> 00:31:35.150
  • They always stop at the water.
  • 00:31:35.220 --> 00:31:38.220
  • Don't get me wrong.
  • 00:31:38.220 --> 00:31:39.180
  • The water is significant because
  • 00:31:39.180 --> 00:31:40.210
  • the water is the place where
  • 00:31:40.210 --> 00:31:41.240
  • your identity is confirmed.
  • 00:31:41.240 --> 00:31:44.000
  • The water is the place where you
  • 00:31:44.000 --> 00:31:45.060
  • find out who you are
  • 00:31:45.060 --> 00:31:46.190
  • and whose you are.
  • 00:31:46.190 --> 00:31:48.050
  • Know when the Father makes this
  • 00:31:48.050 --> 00:31:49.190
  • declaration over Jesus, this
  • 00:31:49.190 --> 00:31:51.130
  • is before he's done a single
  • 00:31:51.130 --> 00:31:52.170
  • miracle, he ain't walked on
  • 00:31:52.170 --> 00:31:54.050
  • water yet, he hasn't healed
  • 00:31:54.050 --> 00:31:55.130
  • anybody yet, hadn't casted out
  • 00:31:55.130 --> 00:31:56.280
  • one demon yet, hadn't taken
  • 00:31:56.280 --> 00:31:58.180
  • the two fish and the five loaves
  • 00:31:58.180 --> 00:31:59.170
  • and multiplied and made
  • 00:31:59.170 --> 00:32:00.180
  • the first Red Lobster yet.
  • 00:32:00.180 --> 00:32:01.220
  • Hadn't been to the cross yet.
  • 00:32:01.220 --> 00:32:03.080
  • Hadn't even gotten up from
  • 00:32:03.080 --> 00:32:04.150
  • the grave.
  • 00:32:04.150 --> 00:32:05.150
  • Yet the Father still says,
  • 00:32:05.150 --> 00:32:06.190
  • "You're loved.
  • 00:32:06.190 --> 00:32:07.110
  • You're my child and I'm
  • 00:32:07.110 --> 00:32:09.020
  • pleased with you." How?
  • 00:32:09.020 --> 00:32:11.220
  • He ain't done anything!
  • 00:32:11.220 --> 00:32:12.270
  • "I know.
  • 00:32:12.270 --> 00:32:14.170
  • But this has nothing to do with
  • 00:32:14.170 --> 00:32:15.290
  • performance.
  • 00:32:15.290 --> 00:32:16.220
  • Everything to do with proximity
  • 00:32:16.220 --> 00:32:17.140
  • and relationship to me.
  • 00:32:17.140 --> 00:32:19.140
  • You are still loved.
  • 00:32:19.140 --> 00:32:20.220
  • You are still my child
  • 00:32:20.220 --> 00:32:22.120
  • and I'm pleased before
  • 00:32:22.120 --> 00:32:24.160
  • you ever perform."
  • 00:32:24.160 --> 00:32:25.200
  • That's where most believers
  • 00:32:25.200 --> 00:32:26.130
  • stop.
  • 00:32:26.130 --> 00:32:27.010
  • We always stop at the water.
  • 00:32:27.010 --> 00:32:29.030
  • So you leave a conference like
  • 00:32:29.030 --> 00:32:30.080
  • this or you leave a good service
  • 00:32:30.080 --> 00:32:31.090
  • and you're, like, "Whooo!
  • 00:32:31.090 --> 00:32:32.190
  • Were you in church today?
  • 00:32:32.190 --> 00:32:35.010
  • Ha, ha, you heard what he said.
  • 00:32:35.010 --> 00:32:36.100
  • I'm loved.
  • 00:32:36.100 --> 00:32:37.060
  • I'm a child of God
  • 00:32:37.060 --> 00:32:38.120
  • and he is pleased with me."
  • 00:32:38.120 --> 00:32:40.100
  • And you feel real good
  • 00:32:40.100 --> 00:32:41.130
  • in the water.
  • 00:32:41.130 --> 00:32:42.250
  • But I felt the need to warn you
  • 00:32:42.250 --> 00:32:44.100
  • that right after the water
  • 00:32:44.100 --> 00:32:46.110
  • you will walk straight into
  • 00:32:46.110 --> 00:32:48.140
  • the wilderness.
  • 00:32:48.140 --> 00:32:50.130
  • Right after you hear the
  • 00:32:50.130 --> 00:32:51.180
  • voice from heaven, hear me.
  • 00:32:51.180 --> 00:32:53.140
  • You will hear the voice
  • 00:32:53.140 --> 00:32:54.280
  • from hell.
  • 00:32:54.280 --> 00:32:55.250
  • This is what messes us up as
  • 00:32:55.250 --> 00:32:57.020
  • believers because we have almost
  • 00:32:57.020 --> 00:32:58.130
  • been programmed and conditioned
  • 00:32:58.130 --> 00:32:59.290
  • to think that once I have
  • 00:32:59.290 --> 00:33:01.130
  • the approval of heaven, I won't
  • 00:33:01.130 --> 00:33:02.270
  • have an attack from the enemy.
  • 00:33:02.270 --> 00:33:04.160
  • Oh, yes, this ideology is even
  • 00:33:04.160 --> 00:33:06.060
  • being promulgated from some
  • 00:33:06.060 --> 00:33:07.220
  • pulpits to the point that
  • 00:33:07.220 --> 00:33:09.060
  • we have relegated the approval
  • 00:33:09.060 --> 00:33:10.200
  • of God to a better car,
  • 00:33:10.200 --> 00:33:12.100
  • a bigger house, a better job.
  • 00:33:12.100 --> 00:33:14.100
  • "Ooh, I got a check in the mail.
  • 00:33:14.100 --> 00:33:15.130
  • God must be pleased with me.
  • 00:33:15.130 --> 00:33:16.250
  • Ooh, I got these fresh kicks.
  • 00:33:16.250 --> 00:33:17.230
  • God is pleased with me."
  • 00:33:17.230 --> 00:33:19.000
  • And we have relegated
  • 00:33:19.000 --> 00:33:20.030
  • it to blessing.
  • 00:33:20.030 --> 00:33:21.140
  • Don't get me wrong.
  • 00:33:21.140 --> 00:33:22.010
  • I am all for blessing.
  • 00:33:22.010 --> 00:33:23.010
  • I am for blessing.
  • 00:33:23.010 --> 00:33:23.260
  • I'm for blessings on blessings
  • 00:33:23.260 --> 00:33:24.170
  • on blessings on blessings
  • 00:33:24.170 --> 00:33:25.080
  • on blessings.
  • 00:33:25.080 --> 00:33:26.000
  • I believe God wants to get
  • 00:33:26.000 --> 00:33:26.260
  • a blessing to you so he can
  • 00:33:26.260 --> 00:33:27.270
  • get a blessing through you.
  • 00:33:27.270 --> 00:33:29.040
  • But the life of Jesus, the life
  • 00:33:29.040 --> 00:33:30.250
  • of Jesus, is proof positive that
  • 00:33:30.250 --> 00:33:32.220
  • the approval of heaven does not
  • 00:33:32.220 --> 00:33:34.140
  • absolve you from an attack
  • 00:33:34.140 --> 00:33:36.170
  • from the enemy.
  • 00:33:36.170 --> 00:33:37.160
  • As a matter of fact, I'll go
  • 00:33:37.160 --> 00:33:39.020
  • further to say that the reason
  • 00:33:39.020 --> 00:33:40.020
  • some of you are facing what
  • 00:33:40.020 --> 00:33:41.050
  • you're facing right now,
  • 00:33:41.050 --> 00:33:42.040
  • hear me, is simply because
  • 00:33:42.040 --> 00:33:44.130
  • God is pleased with you.
  • 00:33:44.130 --> 00:33:46.060
  • You didn't do something wrong,
  • 00:33:46.060 --> 00:33:47.180
  • you did something right.
  • 00:33:47.180 --> 00:33:48.250
  • That's why hell
  • 00:33:48.250 --> 00:33:49.180
  • is coming against you.
  • 00:33:49.290 --> 00:33:52.290
  • Conversely, the reason why some
  • 00:33:52.290 --> 00:33:53.280
  • of you life is perfect and you
  • 00:33:53.280 --> 00:33:55.050
  • tiptoeing through the tulips
  • 00:33:55.050 --> 00:33:56.110
  • and Kool-Aid coming out of your
  • 00:33:56.110 --> 00:33:57.170
  • water fountain, perhaps it's
  • 00:33:57.170 --> 00:33:58.220
  • because your life is stagnant
  • 00:33:58.220 --> 00:34:00.030
  • and you ain't done anything
  • 00:34:00.030 --> 00:34:01.150
  • and you haven't upset
  • 00:34:01.150 --> 00:34:02.200
  • the kingdom of darkness.
  • 00:34:02.200 --> 00:34:03.260
  • But when you start standing up
  • 00:34:03.260 --> 00:34:05.010
  • for God, when you say, "I'm
  • 00:34:05.010 --> 00:34:06.180
  • gonna be who God has called me
  • 00:34:06.180 --> 00:34:07.230
  • to be," when you start kicking
  • 00:34:07.230 --> 00:34:09.140
  • demons out of your city
  • 00:34:09.140 --> 00:34:10.260
  • and out of your house, and say,
  • 00:34:10.260 --> 00:34:12.120
  • "As for me and my house,
  • 00:34:12.120 --> 00:34:13.270
  • we're gonna serve the Lord,"
  • 00:34:13.270 --> 00:34:16.070
  • all hell gets nervous
  • 00:34:16.070 --> 00:34:18.020
  • and demons start to tremble.
  • 00:34:18.240 --> 00:34:21.240
  • Oh, I'm telling you, it
  • 00:34:21.240 --> 00:34:23.040
  • is the smile of heaven that
  • 00:34:25.090 --> 00:34:28.090
  • attracts the scowl from hell.
  • 00:34:28.090 --> 00:34:30.230
  • Ooh, that'll tweet.
  • 00:34:30.230 --> 00:34:32.150
  • It is the smile of heaven that
  • 00:34:32.150 --> 00:34:34.020
  • attracts the scowl from hell.
  • 00:34:34.020 --> 00:34:37.020
  • And all I came to tell you today
  • 00:34:37.020 --> 00:34:38.090
  • is receive the smile but don't
  • 00:34:38.090 --> 00:34:40.040
  • get shocked when you get
  • 00:34:40.040 --> 00:34:41.040
  • the scowl from hell.
  • 00:34:41.040 --> 00:34:43.070
  • Studying this text, Chad,
  • 00:34:43.070 --> 00:34:44.200
  • and be honest,
  • 00:34:44.200 --> 00:34:45.230
  • I did not like the sermon.
  • 00:34:45.230 --> 00:34:47.070
  • And I told God.
  • 00:34:47.070 --> 00:34:47.260
  • I said, "I won't go from
  • 00:34:47.260 --> 00:34:48.160
  • the water to the wilderness."
  • 00:34:48.160 --> 00:34:51.030
  • I told God, "This is messed up."
  • 00:34:51.030 --> 00:34:52.080
  • I said, "If I could pick it,
  • 00:34:52.080 --> 00:34:53.080
  • I would rather have my water
  • 00:34:53.080 --> 00:34:54.030
  • experience in the wilderness."
  • 00:34:54.030 --> 00:34:56.240
  • Oh yeah, that's how we talk.
  • 00:34:56.240 --> 00:34:57.140
  • I told him, I said,
  • 00:34:57.140 --> 00:34:58.010
  • "Give me my water experience
  • 00:34:58.010 --> 00:34:59.000
  • in the wilderness."
  • 00:34:59.000 --> 00:35:00.060
  • Maybe I got too
  • 00:35:00.060 --> 00:35:00.270
  • much imagination but I feel
  • 00:35:00.270 --> 00:35:01.270
  • like this text could have read
  • 00:35:01.270 --> 00:35:02.230
  • a whole lot better if it
  • 00:35:02.230 --> 00:35:04.030
  • started off in the wilderness.
  • 00:35:04.030 --> 00:35:05.160
  • Can you see it?
  • 00:35:05.160 --> 00:35:06.060
  • If it started off in the
  • 00:35:06.060 --> 00:35:07.020
  • wilderness and as soon as Satan
  • 00:35:07.020 --> 00:35:08.020
  • rolls up on Jesus and says,
  • 00:35:08.020 --> 00:35:08.290
  • "If you are the Son of God,"
  • 00:35:08.290 --> 00:35:11.070
  • then let a loud voice come
  • 00:35:11.070 --> 00:35:12.180
  • from heaven and interrupt Satan
  • 00:35:12.180 --> 00:35:14.020
  • in the middle of him talking
  • 00:35:14.020 --> 00:35:15.080
  • and let the God Father say,
  • 00:35:15.080 --> 00:35:16.200
  • "What you mean, 'If he is
  • 00:35:16.200 --> 00:35:18.160
  • the Son of God'?
  • 00:35:18.160 --> 00:35:19.180
  • He is the Son of God 'cause I
  • 00:35:19.180 --> 00:35:20.140
  • already said he was the Son of
  • 00:35:20.140 --> 00:35:21.220
  • God.
  • 00:35:21.220 --> 00:35:22.120
  • Satan, I'm gonna tell you right
  • 00:35:22.120 --> 00:35:23.080
  • now you better put some respect
  • 00:35:23.080 --> 00:35:24.030
  • on Jesus' name.
  • 00:35:24.030 --> 00:35:25.190
  • You better put some respect
  • 00:35:25.190 --> 00:35:27.180
  • on--if you don't put some
  • 00:35:27.180 --> 00:35:28.110
  • respect on his name, all three
  • 00:35:28.110 --> 00:35:29.210
  • of us, Father, Son, and Spirit,
  • 00:35:29.210 --> 00:35:30.290
  • we're about to jack you up.
  • 00:35:30.290 --> 00:35:32.220
  • As a matter of fact,
  • 00:35:32.220 --> 00:35:33.120
  • let there be water."
  • 00:35:33.120 --> 00:35:34.100
  • And then water shows
  • 00:35:34.100 --> 00:35:35.030
  • up in the wilderness and the
  • 00:35:35.030 --> 00:35:36.050
  • whole Godhead takes Satan by the
  • 00:35:36.050 --> 00:35:37.190
  • throat and just start drowning
  • 00:35:37.190 --> 00:35:39.070
  • him in the water and says,
  • 00:35:39.070 --> 00:35:40.180
  • "I wish you would say,
  • 00:35:40.180 --> 00:35:41.180
  • 'If,' one more time."
  • 00:35:42.070 --> 00:35:45.070
  • They drown him to
  • 00:35:45.070 --> 00:35:46.030
  • death and then--and then after
  • 00:35:46.030 --> 00:35:48.000
  • Satan's lifeless body is
  • 00:35:48.000 --> 00:35:49.200
  • floating in the water, that's
  • 00:35:49.200 --> 00:35:51.040
  • when you call John the Baptist
  • 00:35:51.040 --> 00:35:52.010
  • and say, "We're ready for
  • 00:35:52.010 --> 00:35:53.180
  • the baptism now."
  • 00:35:53.180 --> 00:35:56.070
  • Think it would
  • 00:35:56.070 --> 00:35:57.070
  • read better like that but it
  • 00:35:57.070 --> 00:35:58.160
  • will not happen.
  • 00:35:58.160 --> 00:36:01.080
  • I'm sorry, it will not happen.
  • 00:36:01.080 --> 00:36:02.080
  • You will not get your water
  • 00:36:02.080 --> 00:36:03.000
  • experience in the wilderness
  • 00:36:03.000 --> 00:36:04.020
  • 'cause God has this uncanny
  • 00:36:04.020 --> 00:36:05.210
  • ability, this profound
  • 00:36:05.210 --> 00:36:07.140
  • proclivity, to take you from the
  • 00:36:07.140 --> 00:36:09.060
  • water to the wilderness, from
  • 00:36:09.060 --> 00:36:11.120
  • the water to the wilderness,
  • 00:36:11.120 --> 00:36:13.120
  • from the water to the
  • 00:36:13.120 --> 00:36:15.260
  • wilderness, from the water to
  • 00:36:15.260 --> 00:36:18.000
  • the wilderness, from the water
  • 00:36:18.000 --> 00:36:19.060
  • to--I'm gonna say it 'til it
  • 00:36:19.060 --> 00:36:19.260
  • annoys you.
  • 00:36:19.260 --> 00:36:20.100
  • From the water to the
  • 00:36:20.100 --> 00:36:21.000
  • wilderness, from the water to--I
  • 00:36:21.000 --> 00:36:22.200
  • want you to hear my voice in
  • 00:36:22.200 --> 00:36:23.180
  • your head tomorrow as you're
  • 00:36:23.180 --> 00:36:24.150
  • drinking coffee, going, "From
  • 00:36:24.150 --> 00:36:25.240
  • the water to the wilderness,
  • 00:36:25.240 --> 00:36:26.280
  • from the water to--"
  • 00:36:26.280 --> 00:36:28.090
  • It is God's system.
  • 00:36:28.090 --> 00:36:29.140
  • the wilderness.
  • 00:36:31.160 --> 00:36:32.280
  • You do know in our text that
  • 00:36:32.280 --> 00:36:33.180
  • when John baptized people he
  • 00:36:33.180 --> 00:36:35.050
  • baptized them in the--hello?
  • 00:36:35.050 --> 00:36:37.280
  • In the?
  • 00:36:37.280 --> 00:36:39.060
  • Water.
  • 00:36:39.060 --> 00:36:40.250
  • was, he said, "I am a voice
  • 00:36:41.190 --> 00:36:42.090
  • crying out in the?"
  • 00:36:43.020 --> 00:36:46.020
  • "Crying out, 'Prepare
  • 00:36:46.020 --> 00:36:47.110
  • the way of the Lord.'"
  • 00:36:47.110 --> 00:36:48.250
  • What is the way of the Lord?
  • 00:36:48.250 --> 00:36:50.030
  • He takes you from the water to
  • 00:36:50.030 --> 00:36:50.270
  • the wilderness, from the water
  • 00:36:50.270 --> 00:36:52.200
  • to the wilderness, from the
  • 00:36:52.200 --> 00:36:53.290
  • water to the-- Now I see why
  • 00:36:53.290 --> 00:36:56.180
  • the children of Israel had to go
  • 00:36:56.180 --> 00:36:58.010
  • through the Red Sea.
  • 00:36:58.270 --> 00:37:01.290
  • Because the Red Sea is comprised
  • 00:37:01.290 --> 00:37:03.210
  • of water.
  • 00:37:03.210 --> 00:37:05.010
  • And the water is the place where
  • 00:37:05.010 --> 00:37:06.050
  • your identity is confirmed.
  • 00:37:06.050 --> 00:37:07.240
  • And Pharaoh thought they were
  • 00:37:07.240 --> 00:37:09.110
  • just slaves but they were not
  • 00:37:09.110 --> 00:37:10.160
  • just slaves.
  • 00:37:10.160 --> 00:37:11.050
  • They were loved.
  • 00:37:11.050 --> 00:37:12.040
  • They were children of God and he
  • 00:37:12.040 --> 00:37:13.220
  • was pleased with them.
  • 00:37:13.220 --> 00:37:15.080
  • And when you are God's child
  • 00:37:15.080 --> 00:37:16.130
  • there is no stronghold, there is
  • 00:37:16.130 --> 00:37:18.060
  • no bondage, there is no
  • 00:37:18.060 --> 00:37:19.180
  • addiction that can ever
  • 00:37:19.180 --> 00:37:21.150
  • hold you down.
  • 00:37:21.150 --> 00:37:22.150
  • C'mon, somebody.
  • 00:37:22.150 --> 00:37:23.210
  • Because whoever the Son sets
  • 00:37:23.210 --> 00:37:25.130
  • free is free indeed, hallelujah.
  • 00:37:27.200 --> 00:37:30.200
  • Moses had to lift up his staff
  • 00:37:32.080 --> 00:37:35.080
  • and split the water but they
  • 00:37:35.290 --> 00:37:38.290
  • didn't go straight to the
  • 00:37:38.290 --> 00:37:39.250
  • Promised Land.
  • 00:37:39.250 --> 00:37:41.030
  • They went from the water to
  • 00:37:41.030 --> 00:37:42.220
  • the--
  • 00:37:42.220 --> 00:37:45.210
  • They were in the
  • 00:37:45.210 --> 00:37:46.080
  • wilderness 40 years.
  • 00:37:46.080 --> 00:37:48.130
  • Jesus was in the wilderness
  • 00:37:48.130 --> 00:37:49.160
  • 40 days.
  • 00:37:49.160 --> 00:37:51.230
  • And God always has this system,
  • 00:37:51.230 --> 00:37:53.150
  • "I take you from the water
  • 00:37:53.150 --> 00:37:54.290
  • to the wilderness."
  • 00:37:54.290 --> 00:37:56.090
  • I don't wanna
  • 00:37:56.090 --> 00:37:57.050
  • sound like a broken record today
  • 00:37:57.050 --> 00:37:58.010
  • and I hope I'm not breaking my
  • 00:37:58.010 --> 00:37:59.140
  • own presupposition to this
  • 00:37:59.140 --> 00:38:00.160
  • biblical passage.
  • 00:38:00.160 --> 00:38:02.140
  • But I told you earlier I got 3
  • 00:38:02.140 --> 00:38:03.070
  • kids, 2-year-old, 1-year-old, 1
  • 00:38:03.070 --> 00:38:05.200
  • in the oven.
  • 00:38:05.200 --> 00:38:07.140
  • And because my kids are young,
  • 00:38:07.140 --> 00:38:09.270
  • birth is not too distant of a
  • 00:38:09.270 --> 00:38:12.150
  • memory to me.
  • 00:38:12.150 --> 00:38:13.290
  • So I would even like to pose,
  • 00:38:13.290 --> 00:38:15.050
  • posit, and postulate today that
  • 00:38:15.150 --> 00:38:18.150
  • even the way we enter the earth
  • 00:38:18.150 --> 00:38:19.240
  • is just a microcosm, it's just a
  • 00:38:19.240 --> 00:38:21.010
  • mirror, of this transcendent
  • 00:38:21.010 --> 00:38:22.040
  • truth that God always takes you
  • 00:38:22.040 --> 00:38:24.020
  • from the water to the
  • 00:38:24.020 --> 00:38:26.020
  • wilderness.
  • 00:38:26.020 --> 00:38:27.000
  • Can I preach it like I feel it?
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  • C'mon, you do remember how you
  • 00:38:28.130 --> 00:38:29.110
  • were conceived, right?
  • 00:38:29.110 --> 00:38:30.140
  • You do remember how you were
  • 00:38:30.140 --> 00:38:31.060
  • conceived, right?
  • 00:38:31.060 --> 00:38:32.060
  • You were conceived in your
  • 00:38:32.060 --> 00:38:33.070
  • mother's womb.
  • 00:38:33.070 --> 00:38:34.130
  • Identity already confirmed in
  • 00:38:34.130 --> 00:38:36.000
  • the womb.
  • 00:38:36.000 --> 00:38:36.280
  • We're having a boy; oh, we're
  • 00:38:36.280 --> 00:38:38.130
  • having a girl.
  • 00:38:38.130 --> 00:38:39.110
  • And isn't it funny?
  • 00:38:39.110 --> 00:38:40.080
  • In your mother's womb, you were
  • 00:38:40.080 --> 00:38:41.000
  • surrounded by?
  • 00:38:41.000 --> 00:38:42.290
  • So much so that when
  • 00:38:42.290 --> 00:38:43.290
  • your head got too big and your
  • 00:38:43.290 --> 00:38:45.210
  • birth was imminent, your mama
  • 00:38:45.210 --> 00:38:46.270
  • looked up over the dining room
  • 00:38:46.270 --> 00:38:47.270
  • table and said, "Uh-oh, my--"
  • 00:38:47.270 --> 00:38:50.080
  • "Just broke," and
  • 00:38:50.080 --> 00:38:51.010
  • rushed to the hospital.
  • 00:38:51.010 --> 00:38:52.170
  • And do you remember your first
  • 00:38:52.170 --> 00:38:53.080
  • birthday?
  • 00:38:53.080 --> 00:38:54.050
  • Do you remember how you came
  • 00:38:54.050 --> 00:38:54.250
  • into the earth?
  • 00:38:54.250 --> 00:38:55.120
  • How did you come into the earth?
  • 00:38:55.120 --> 00:38:56.130
  • Did you come into the earth
  • 00:38:56.130 --> 00:38:57.040
  • laughing?
  • 00:38:57.040 --> 00:38:57.270
  • No.
  • 00:38:57.270 --> 00:38:58.140
  • Did you come to the earth
  • 00:38:58.140 --> 00:38:59.030
  • singing?
  • 00:38:59.030 --> 00:38:59.170
  • No.
  • 00:38:59.170 --> 00:39:00.080
  • Did you come to the earth
  • 00:39:00.080 --> 00:39:00.280
  • milly rocking and dancing?
  • 00:39:00.280 --> 00:39:01.220
  • No.
  • 00:39:01.220 --> 00:39:02.120
  • Did you come to the earth
  • 00:39:02.120 --> 00:39:03.010
  • rapping?
  • 00:39:03.010 --> 00:39:03.170
  • "Started from the belly.
  • 00:39:03.170 --> 00:39:04.170
  • Now I'm here."
  • 00:39:04.170 --> 00:39:05.230
  • No, no, no, no.
  • 00:39:05.230 --> 00:39:06.200
  • That's not how you came into
  • 00:39:06.200 --> 00:39:07.140
  • the earth.
  • 00:39:07.140 --> 00:39:08.070
  • Every single baby around the
  • 00:39:08.070 --> 00:39:09.000
  • world comes into the earth just
  • 00:39:09.000 --> 00:39:10.050
  • world comes into the earth just
  • 00:39:10.050 --> 00:39:13.280
  • [s
  • 00:39:13.280 --> 00:39:13.290
  • [scr
  • 00:39:13.290 --> 00:39:14.000
  • [screa
  • 00:39:14.000 --> 00:39:14.010
  • [screami
  • 00:39:14.010 --> 00:39:14.020
  • [screaming
  • 00:39:14.020 --> 00:39:14.030
  • Uh-huh, screaming,
  • 00:39:18.090 --> 00:39:21.090
  • kicking, crying at the top of
  • 00:39:21.090 --> 00:39:23.190
  • your lungs.
  • 00:39:23.190 --> 00:39:24.090
  • And us silly parents look at a
  • 00:39:24.090 --> 00:39:25.160
  • baby that's screaming at the top
  • 00:39:25.160 --> 00:39:26.210
  • of its lungs and we smile
  • 00:39:26.210 --> 00:39:28.000
  • and talk about,
  • 00:39:28.000 --> 00:39:29.020
  • "Hey, welcome to the world," and
  • 00:39:30.210 --> 00:39:33.210
  • they look at us, talking about--
  • 00:39:33.210 --> 00:39:34.270
  • [screaming]
  • 00:39:35.260 --> 00:39:38.260
  • I am convinced,
  • 00:39:38.260 --> 00:39:40.170
  • Zoe Conference, I am convinced
  • 00:39:40.170 --> 00:39:41.270
  • that if you could translate
  • 00:39:41.270 --> 00:39:44.100
  • and transcribe the cry of every
  • 00:39:44.100 --> 00:39:47.040
  • newborn baby, the caption across
  • 00:39:47.040 --> 00:39:49.050
  • the screen would read:
  • 00:39:49.050 --> 00:39:50.100
  • "What do you mean,
  • 00:39:50.100 --> 00:39:52.040
  • 'Welcome to the world'?
  • 00:39:52.040 --> 00:39:54.080
  • Don't you mean,
  • 00:39:54.080 --> 00:39:55.000
  • 'Welcome to the--'"
  • 00:39:55.000 --> 00:39:57.070
  • You spend your entire
  • 00:39:58.040 --> 00:40:01.040
  • life grappling with the weight,
  • 00:40:01.040 --> 00:40:03.020
  • the complexity, the frustrations
  • 00:40:03.020 --> 00:40:05.250
  • of the wilderness
  • 00:40:05.250 --> 00:40:07.170
  • that you were born into.
  • 00:40:07.170 --> 00:40:10.030
  • I've learned in my life to
  • 00:40:10.030 --> 00:40:12.010
  • be quick to love, not quick to
  • 00:40:12.030 --> 00:40:15.030
  • judge 'cause you don't know
  • 00:40:15.030 --> 00:40:17.020
  • the wilderness that some people
  • 00:40:17.020 --> 00:40:18.140
  • were born into.
  • 00:40:18.140 --> 00:40:20.130
  • Oh, the wilderness is a real
  • 00:40:20.130 --> 00:40:22.030
  • place, and it is the heat of the
  • 00:40:22.030 --> 00:40:24.230
  • wilderness that seeks to
  • 00:40:24.230 --> 00:40:27.070
  • evaporate your experience in the
  • 00:40:27.070 --> 00:40:28.200
  • water and it can leave you with
  • 00:40:28.200 --> 00:40:30.120
  • daunting questions like,
  • 00:40:30.120 --> 00:40:31.240
  • "Who am I?
  • 00:40:31.240 --> 00:40:32.240
  • Where am I?
  • 00:40:32.240 --> 00:40:34.140
  • And how do I deal with what's
  • 00:40:34.140 --> 00:40:35.120
  • been placed in front of me?"
  • 00:40:35.120 --> 00:40:37.210
  • Here's the quintessential
  • 00:40:37.210 --> 00:40:38.280
  • question that's gotta be
  • 00:40:38.280 --> 00:40:39.190
  • answered before we leave here
  • 00:40:39.190 --> 00:40:40.100
  • today.
  • 00:40:40.100 --> 00:40:41.140
  • And that is, "How are you gonna
  • 00:40:41.140 --> 00:40:42.080
  • handle the temptations that face
  • 00:40:42.080 --> 00:40:43.180
  • you in your wilderness?"
  • 00:40:43.240 --> 00:40:46.240
  • How you gonna handle them?
  • 00:40:46.240 --> 00:40:48.060
  • Some of you are shocked I'll
  • 00:40:48.060 --> 00:40:48.260
  • even ask the question.
  • 00:40:48.260 --> 00:40:49.160
  • You're, like, "Oh, Robert,
  • 00:40:49.160 --> 00:40:50.100
  • how dare that you ask such
  • 00:40:50.100 --> 00:40:51.180
  • a question?
  • 00:40:51.180 --> 00:40:52.170
  • I'm a child of
  • 00:40:52.170 --> 00:40:53.240
  • the Most High God.
  • 00:40:53.240 --> 00:40:54.280
  • I've been walking with the Lord
  • 00:40:54.280 --> 00:40:55.250
  • for years now.
  • 00:40:55.250 --> 00:40:57.030
  • I floated in the room today.
  • 00:40:57.030 --> 00:40:58.150
  • Why, I had Communion for
  • 00:40:58.150 --> 00:40:59.150
  • breakfast.
  • 00:40:59.150 --> 00:41:00.120
  • What is this you speak of?
  • 00:41:00.120 --> 00:41:02.190
  • Temptations in my wilderness?
  • 00:41:02.190 --> 00:41:04.250
  • Why, I'm in Conference today."
  • 00:41:04.250 --> 00:41:07.030
  • I know.
  • 00:41:07.030 --> 00:41:08.090
  • But this is the water.
  • 00:41:08.090 --> 00:41:10.020
  • Monday, you gotta go back to
  • 00:41:10.020 --> 00:41:10.260
  • work.
  • 00:41:10.260 --> 00:41:13.120
  • That is a--oh, c'mon, somebody.
  • 00:41:13.120 --> 00:41:15.100
  • The tension is in
  • 00:41:15.150 --> 00:41:18.150
  • the transition.
  • 00:41:18.150 --> 00:41:20.050
  • The same spirit that descended
  • 00:41:20.050 --> 00:41:22.200
  • on Jesus in the water is the
  • 00:41:22.200 --> 00:41:24.230
  • same spirit that led him into
  • 00:41:24.230 --> 00:41:27.080
  • the wilderness.
  • 00:41:27.080 --> 00:41:29.080
  • A spirit led Jesus into
  • 00:41:29.080 --> 00:41:30.130
  • the wilderness.
  • 00:41:30.130 --> 00:41:31.170
  • So that means the wilderness is
  • 00:41:31.170 --> 00:41:32.170
  • not the problem.
  • 00:41:32.170 --> 00:41:33.230
  • The problem is who is in the
  • 00:41:33.230 --> 00:41:36.110
  • wilderness, posted up,
  • 00:41:36.110 --> 00:41:39.050
  • waiting for you to get there.
  • 00:41:39.050 --> 00:41:42.040
  • Ooh, Satan was already in the
  • 00:41:42.040 --> 00:41:44.260
  • wilderness, posted up, waiting
  • 00:41:44.260 --> 00:41:47.220
  • for Jesus to get there and he
  • 00:41:47.220 --> 00:41:49.190
  • did not open his mouth or clear
  • 00:41:49.190 --> 00:41:51.050
  • his throat until after Jesus had
  • 00:41:51.050 --> 00:41:53.090
  • fasted 40 days and 40 nights.
  • 00:41:53.090 --> 00:41:55.060
  • But he was already in the
  • 00:41:55.060 --> 00:41:56.000
  • wilderness waiting for him to
  • 00:41:56.000 --> 00:41:57.000
  • get there.
  • 00:41:57.000 --> 00:41:58.070
  • Just watching him fast the whole
  • 00:41:58.070 --> 00:41:59.040
  • time, just watching.
  • 00:41:59.040 --> 00:42:01.000
  • Waiting and watching.
  • 00:42:02.060 --> 00:42:05.060
  • This is what the enemy does.
  • 00:42:05.060 --> 00:42:05.270
  • He waits, he watches, and then
  • 00:42:06.120 --> 00:42:09.120
  • he attacks.
  • 00:42:09.120 --> 00:42:10.080
  • This is his tactic.
  • 00:42:10.080 --> 00:42:11.250
  • He waits, he watches.
  • 00:42:13.030 --> 00:42:16.030
  • He's the original creeper.
  • 00:42:16.030 --> 00:42:18.020
  • He watches, and then he attacks.
  • 00:42:18.020 --> 00:42:19.230
  • This is what he always does.
  • 00:42:19.230 --> 00:42:20.140
  • He waits, he watches, he did it
  • 00:42:20.140 --> 00:42:22.070
  • in the Garden of Eden with Adam
  • 00:42:22.070 --> 00:42:23.180
  • and Eve.
  • 00:42:23.180 --> 00:42:24.050
  • What did he do as a serpent?
  • 00:42:24.050 --> 00:42:25.020
  • He slithered in there and he
  • 00:42:25.020 --> 00:42:26.020
  • waited, he watched, and then he
  • 00:42:26.020 --> 00:42:28.230
  • attacked.
  • 00:42:28.230 --> 00:42:29.190
  • As a snake he did this.
  • 00:42:29.190 --> 00:42:31.000
  • Ooh, that's gonna mess you up.
  • 00:42:31.000 --> 00:42:32.250
  • I'll never forget watching
  • 00:42:32.250 --> 00:42:33.150
  • "Discovery Channel" and they
  • 00:42:33.150 --> 00:42:34.250
  • did a special on snakes.
  • 00:42:34.250 --> 00:42:36.100
  • And I almost changed the channel
  • 00:42:36.100 --> 00:42:37.090
  • 'cause I don't do snakes.
  • 00:42:37.090 --> 00:42:38.290
  • But I'm glad I kept watching
  • 00:42:38.290 --> 00:42:40.120
  • 'cause they said something that
  • 00:42:40.120 --> 00:42:41.040
  • blew my mind.
  • 00:42:41.040 --> 00:42:42.030
  • They said snakes are one of the
  • 00:42:42.030 --> 00:42:43.180
  • only species that never blink.
  • 00:42:45.170 --> 00:42:48.170
  • Zoe Conference, this is a snake.
  • 00:42:53.280 --> 00:42:56.280
  • They don't blink.
  • 00:42:56.280 --> 00:42:59.050
  • Just watch and wait for an
  • 00:42:59.050 --> 00:43:00.160
  • opportunity to attack.
  • 00:43:00.160 --> 00:43:03.040
  • And the enemy's doing the same
  • 00:43:03.040 --> 00:43:03.280
  • thing to you.
  • 00:43:03.280 --> 00:43:05.140
  • He's watching, he's waiting,
  • 00:43:05.140 --> 00:43:07.190
  • going, "How can I attack you?"
  • 00:43:07.190 --> 00:43:09.180
  • I watched another special they
  • 00:43:09.180 --> 00:43:10.090
  • did.
  • 00:43:10.090 --> 00:43:11.090
  • This is about a lady that had a
  • 00:43:11.090 --> 00:43:12.010
  • pet snake, a pet snake--a pet--a
  • 00:43:12.010 --> 00:43:13.260
  • pet snake.
  • 00:43:13.260 --> 00:43:16.190
  • The animal that Satan chose to
  • 00:43:16.190 --> 00:43:17.100
  • manifest into.
  • 00:43:17.100 --> 00:43:18.080
  • This was her pet.
  • 00:43:18.080 --> 00:43:19.040
  • That's a different kind of
  • 00:43:19.040 --> 00:43:19.230
  • cray-cray.
  • 00:43:19.230 --> 00:43:20.090
  • And she ran into a problem
  • 00:43:20.090 --> 00:43:21.290
  • 'cause her pet snake stopped
  • 00:43:21.290 --> 00:43:22.290
  • eating, refused to eat.
  • 00:43:22.290 --> 00:43:24.250
  • The snake would not eat anything
  • 00:43:24.250 --> 00:43:25.180
  • for several months.
  • 00:43:25.180 --> 00:43:26.200
  • She's feeding the snake rats,
  • 00:43:26.200 --> 00:43:27.160
  • rodents.
  • 00:43:27.160 --> 00:43:28.120
  • Stopped eating.
  • 00:43:28.120 --> 00:43:29.090
  • Out of cause and concern,
  • 00:43:29.090 --> 00:43:30.080
  • she takes her pet snake
  • 00:43:30.080 --> 00:43:31.060
  • to the veterinarian.
  • 00:43:31.060 --> 00:43:32.070
  • Says, "Veterinarian,
  • 00:43:32.070 --> 00:43:32.250
  • I have a problem."
  • 00:43:32.250 --> 00:43:33.280
  • Said, "My snake refuses to eat.
  • 00:43:33.280 --> 00:43:35.200
  • For the last several months,
  • 00:43:35.200 --> 00:43:36.120
  • it has not eaten anything."
  • 00:43:36.120 --> 00:43:37.200
  • Veterinarian looked at the
  • 00:43:37.200 --> 00:43:39.000
  • snake, looked at the woman,
  • 00:43:39.000 --> 00:43:40.110
  • looked at the snake, looked at
  • 00:43:40.110 --> 00:43:42.140
  • the woman.
  • 00:43:42.140 --> 00:43:44.010
  • Then began to ask her a litany
  • 00:43:44.010 --> 00:43:44.220
  • of questions.
  • 00:43:44.220 --> 00:43:46.030
  • Said, "Ma'am, by any chance,
  • 00:43:46.030 --> 00:43:47.220
  • have you been sleeping with your
  • 00:43:47.220 --> 00:43:49.210
  • snake?"
  • 00:43:49.210 --> 00:43:50.260
  • Lady said, "Yes, I have.
  • 00:43:50.260 --> 00:43:53.180
  • I've gotta be honest,
  • 00:43:53.180 --> 00:43:54.090
  • he's a python.
  • 00:43:54.090 --> 00:43:55.090
  • He's not poisonous and his cage
  • 00:43:55.090 --> 00:43:56.040
  • is right next to my bed and
  • 00:43:56.040 --> 00:43:57.110
  • there are some nights I let him
  • 00:43:57.110 --> 00:43:58.050
  • slither in the bed and come
  • 00:43:58.050 --> 00:44:00.070
  • in the bed with me."
  • 00:44:00.070 --> 00:44:02.120
  • Ha, ha, ha,
  • 00:44:02.120 --> 00:44:03.230
  • I like how everybody's shocked.
  • 00:44:03.230 --> 00:44:05.090
  • Like, there aren't other humans
  • 00:44:05.090 --> 00:44:07.060
  • who have slept with snakes
  • 00:44:07.060 --> 00:44:09.060
  • but that's a different sermon
  • 00:44:09.060 --> 00:44:11.090
  • for a different day.
  • 00:44:11.090 --> 00:44:12.050
  • I digress, I digress, I digress.
  • 00:44:13.060 --> 00:44:16.060
  • Anyway, she said,
  • 00:44:16.060 --> 00:44:19.020
  • "I have slept with my snake."
  • 00:44:19.020 --> 00:44:21.140
  • Veterinarian goes,
  • 00:44:21.140 --> 00:44:22.260
  • "Hey, ma'am, while
  • 00:44:22.260 --> 00:44:23.210
  • sleeping with your snake, have
  • 00:44:23.210 --> 00:44:25.210
  • you ever woken up to your snake
  • 00:44:25.210 --> 00:44:26.260
  • right next to you and stretched
  • 00:44:26.260 --> 00:44:28.250
  • out beside you?"
  • 00:44:28.250 --> 00:44:30.060
  • The lady goes, "Yes, As a matter
  • 00:44:30.060 --> 00:44:31.140
  • of fact, other morning
  • 00:44:31.140 --> 00:44:32.140
  • I woke up.
  • 00:44:32.140 --> 00:44:33.070
  • My snake was right next
  • 00:44:33.070 --> 00:44:34.040
  • to me and it was stretched
  • 00:44:34.040 --> 00:44:34.290
  • out beside me."
  • 00:44:34.290 --> 00:44:35.270
  • Veterinarian said, "Hm."
  • 00:44:35.270 --> 00:44:38.040
  • Said, "Ma'am, I have some good
  • 00:44:38.040 --> 00:44:38.250
  • news and I have some bad news."
  • 00:44:38.250 --> 00:44:41.220
  • Said, "The good news is your
  • 00:44:41.220 --> 00:44:42.210
  • snake is not sick."
  • 00:44:42.210 --> 00:44:44.220
  • She goes,
  • 00:44:44.220 --> 00:44:45.110
  • "Ho, thank you, Jesus."
  • 00:44:45.110 --> 00:44:46.110
  • Said, "The bad news
  • 00:44:46.110 --> 00:44:47.140
  • is the reason your snake refuses
  • 00:44:47.140 --> 00:44:48.080
  • to eat is because your snake
  • 00:44:48.080 --> 00:44:50.100
  • is preparing to eat you."
  • 00:44:50.100 --> 00:44:52.160
  • She said, "The reason your
  • 00:44:52.160 --> 00:44:53.140
  • snake has not eaten for several
  • 00:44:53.140 --> 00:44:54.170
  • months is because your snake is
  • 00:44:54.170 --> 00:44:56.090
  • strategically orchestrating its
  • 00:44:56.090 --> 00:44:57.280
  • digestive system to have
  • 00:44:57.280 --> 00:44:59.160
  • enough room for you."
  • 00:44:59.160 --> 00:45:01.040
  • She said, "The reason
  • 00:45:01.040 --> 00:45:02.050
  • you wake up to your snake
  • 00:45:02.050 --> 00:45:03.060
  • right next to you, stretched out
  • 00:45:03.060 --> 00:45:04.090
  • beside you, is because your
  • 00:45:04.090 --> 00:45:05.190
  • snake is sizing you up and is
  • 00:45:05.190 --> 00:45:07.230
  • trying to see how big it has to
  • 00:45:07.230 --> 00:45:09.160
  • get to swallow you whole."
  • 00:45:09.160 --> 00:45:12.050
  • The lady said, "Really?"
  • 00:45:12.050 --> 00:45:14.240
  • And I think that's how some
  • 00:45:14.240 --> 00:45:15.170
  • believers act as it relates to
  • 00:45:15.170 --> 00:45:16.280
  • the attack of the enemy.
  • 00:45:16.280 --> 00:45:18.180
  • You think the enemy likes that
  • 00:45:18.180 --> 00:45:20.070
  • you're at Zoe Conference,
  • 00:45:20.070 --> 00:45:21.220
  • lifting up the name of Jesus in
  • 00:45:21.220 --> 00:45:23.190
  • spite of what you're going
  • 00:45:23.190 --> 00:45:24.200
  • through?
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  • You think he likes that you're
  • 00:45:25.160 --> 00:45:27.000
  • gonna step in your purpose and
  • 00:45:27.000 --> 00:45:28.080
  • step in your calling?
  • 00:45:28.080 --> 00:45:29.230
  • No, he's trying to destroy you.
  • 00:45:29.230 --> 00:45:31.190
  • But I'm thankful that he's
  • 00:45:31.190 --> 00:45:33.250
  • already been defeated because of
  • 00:45:33.250 --> 00:45:35.190
  • what Jesus did on the cross.
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  • Oh, c'mon, somebody give God
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  • some praise in this place
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  • tonight.
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  • Hallelujah, hallelujah.
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  • I didn't come from Dallas to
  • 00:45:51.220 --> 00:45:53.230
  • L.A. to scare you
  • 00:45:53.230 --> 00:45:54.250
  • with snake stories.
  • 00:45:54.250 --> 00:45:56.280
  • I do want you to be aware of the
  • 00:45:56.280 --> 00:45:58.130
  • fact you got a real enemy that
  • 00:45:59.190 --> 00:46:02.210
  • is watching, he's waiting,
  • 00:46:02.210 --> 00:46:05.030
  • he's trying to destroy you.
  • 00:46:05.030 --> 00:46:07.160
  • He will do it in the wilderness.
  • 00:46:07.160 --> 00:46:09.270
  • In seasons of vulnerability,
  • 00:46:09.270 --> 00:46:12.060
  • that's when he attacks.
  • 00:46:12.060 --> 00:46:14.130
  • How many know if you're gonna
  • 00:46:14.130 --> 00:46:15.150
  • win the war in your wilderness,
  • 00:46:15.150 --> 00:46:16.190
  • you can't just shout.
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  • You might have to get a
  • 00:46:18.060 --> 00:46:19.110
  • strategy.
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  • I'm a-give you, like, 4 quick
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  • points in, like, 4 minutes.
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  • If you're gonna win the war in
  • 00:46:25.240 --> 00:46:26.150
  • your wilderness, four things you
  • 00:46:26.150 --> 00:46:27.160
  • gotta know.
  • 00:46:27.160 --> 00:46:28.140
  • Get this quickly.
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  • Number one, you're gonna win the
  • 00:46:29.210 --> 00:46:30.140
  • war in your wilderness, you
  • 00:46:30.140 --> 00:46:32.030
  • gotta know where you are.
  • 00:46:32.030 --> 00:46:35.010
  • What season of life is this for
  • 00:46:35.010 --> 00:46:36.010
  • you?
  • 00:46:36.010 --> 00:46:37.250
  • The enemy attacked Jesus at the
  • 00:46:37.250 --> 00:46:39.120
  • beginning of his ministry 'cause
  • 00:46:39.120 --> 00:46:41.240
  • the enemy loves to battle you at
  • 00:46:41.240 --> 00:46:43.080
  • the beginning.
  • 00:46:43.080 --> 00:46:44.210
  • He was trying to destroy him
  • 00:46:44.210 --> 00:46:45.250
  • before he ever got started.
  • 00:46:45.250 --> 00:46:47.220
  • Some of you wonder why the enemy
  • 00:46:47.220 --> 00:46:48.200
  • attacked you from the day you
  • 00:46:48.200 --> 00:46:49.240
  • were born, is 'cause he knew the
  • 00:46:49.240 --> 00:46:50.200
  • purpose that was on your life.
  • 00:46:50.200 --> 00:46:52.050
  • He's been trying to destroy you.
  • 00:46:52.050 --> 00:46:53.170
  • But look at you.
  • 00:46:53.170 --> 00:46:54.050
  • You still standing.
  • 00:46:54.050 --> 00:46:55.030
  • You still here.
  • 00:46:55.030 --> 00:46:57.130
  • He even attacked Jesus right at
  • 00:46:57.130 --> 00:46:59.100
  • the end when he was on the cross
  • 00:46:59.100 --> 00:47:00.190
  • through a voice in the crowd who
  • 00:47:00.190 --> 00:47:01.250
  • said, "He saved others.
  • 00:47:01.250 --> 00:47:03.230
  • How come he can't save himself?"
  • 00:47:03.230 --> 00:47:06.100
  • Trying to get Jesus to come off
  • 00:47:06.100 --> 00:47:07.030
  • the cross and abort his mission
  • 00:47:07.030 --> 00:47:09.250
  • because he was right on the edge
  • 00:47:09.250 --> 00:47:10.250
  • of our redemption.
  • 00:47:10.250 --> 00:47:11.210
  • How many of you know sometimes
  • 00:47:11.210 --> 00:47:12.120
  • when you're right at the finish
  • 00:47:12.120 --> 00:47:13.050
  • line, the enemy attacks you the
  • 00:47:13.050 --> 00:47:14.070
  • most.
  • 00:47:14.070 --> 00:47:15.140
  • You can't quit right now.
  • 00:47:15.140 --> 00:47:16.110
  • C'mon, you are right on the edge
  • 00:47:16.110 --> 00:47:17.140
  • of your breakthrough on what God
  • 00:47:17.140 --> 00:47:19.120
  • has for you.
  • 00:47:19.120 --> 00:47:20.130
  • Where are you?
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  • Number two, you gonna win the
  • 00:47:22.090 --> 00:47:23.250
  • war in your wilderness,
  • 00:47:23.250 --> 00:47:25.080
  • please know that the Word
  • 00:47:25.080 --> 00:47:26.160
  • is your weapon.
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  • C'mon, somebody.
  • 00:47:29.000 --> 00:47:30.030
  • With every attack,
  • 00:47:30.030 --> 00:47:31.060
  • what did Jesus do?
  • 00:47:31.060 --> 00:47:32.160
  • He spoke the Word of God.
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  • He said, "It is written.
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  • It is written.
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  • It is written."
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  • He said it like
  • 00:47:36.020 --> 00:47:36.210
  • it was a Drake mixtape:
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  • "It is written.
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  • It is written.
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  • It is written.
  • 00:47:38.160 --> 00:47:39.060
  • It is written."
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  • The Word of God
  • 00:47:39.270 --> 00:47:41.000
  • is your only weapon.
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  • Don't miss this.
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  • In the water,
  • 00:47:43.120 --> 00:47:44.200
  • the Word came over Jesus.
  • 00:47:44.200 --> 00:47:46.030
  • In the wilderness,
  • 00:47:46.030 --> 00:47:47.290
  • the Word came out of Jesus.
  • 00:47:48.060 --> 00:47:51.060
  • See, church people today
  • 00:47:51.060 --> 00:47:52.000
  • get it twisted.
  • 00:47:52.000 --> 00:47:53.040
  • When we're going through
  • 00:47:53.040 --> 00:47:53.240
  • the wilderness, what do we want?
  • 00:47:53.240 --> 00:47:54.290
  • We want a good Word over us.
  • 00:47:54.290 --> 00:47:56.190
  • I see you, you come to church
  • 00:47:56.190 --> 00:47:57.180
  • with your arms folded, talking
  • 00:47:57.180 --> 00:47:58.190
  • about, "Woo, the preacher better
  • 00:47:58.190 --> 00:47:59.250
  • have a good one today 'cause I'm
  • 00:47:59.250 --> 00:48:01.000
  • going through the wilderness."
  • 00:48:01.000 --> 00:48:02.040
  • But can I tell you, when you're
  • 00:48:02.040 --> 00:48:03.030
  • facing a wilderness, you need
  • 00:48:03.030 --> 00:48:04.020
  • more than a good sermon.
  • 00:48:04.020 --> 00:48:05.070
  • You need more than
  • 00:48:05.070 --> 00:48:06.050
  • a Word over you.
  • 00:48:06.050 --> 00:48:07.080
  • You better have some Word coming
  • 00:48:07.080 --> 00:48:08.200
  • out of you to fight back against
  • 00:48:08.200 --> 00:48:10.200
  • the enemy and it can't come
  • 00:48:10.200 --> 00:48:12.000
  • out if you've never put it in.
  • 00:48:13.010 --> 00:48:16.010
  • Word's your weapon.
  • 00:48:16.010 --> 00:48:17.080
  • Number three, you gonna win
  • 00:48:17.080 --> 00:48:18.220
  • the war in your wilderness, you
  • 00:48:18.220 --> 00:48:19.170
  • have to know what is at stake.
  • 00:48:19.170 --> 00:48:22.160
  • What is at stake.
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  • Can I tell you why I love
  • 00:48:24.260 --> 00:48:26.090
  • Jesus so much?
  • 00:48:26.090 --> 00:48:27.280
  • Jesus made decisions
  • 00:48:27.280 --> 00:48:30.050
  • with my destiny in mind.
  • 00:48:31.230 --> 00:48:34.230
  • He looked at humanity through
  • 00:48:34.230 --> 00:48:35.280
  • the lens of his love and with
  • 00:48:35.280 --> 00:48:37.050
  • every decision he was thinking
  • 00:48:37.050 --> 00:48:38.050
  • about us.
  • 00:48:38.050 --> 00:48:39.090
  • Not just on the cross and when
  • 00:48:39.090 --> 00:48:40.020
  • he got up from the grave, but
  • 00:48:40.020 --> 00:48:41.040
  • he was thinking about us in
  • 00:48:41.040 --> 00:48:42.010
  • the water and in the wilderness.
  • 00:48:42.010 --> 00:48:44.170
  • Here's how I know he was
  • 00:48:44.170 --> 00:48:45.280
  • thinking about us in the water.
  • 00:48:45.280 --> 00:48:47.250
  • It's because he got baptized
  • 00:48:47.250 --> 00:48:48.250
  • in the first place.
  • 00:48:48.250 --> 00:48:50.250
  • How many of you know, if anybody
  • 00:48:50.250 --> 00:48:51.190
  • could have skipped baptism,
  • 00:48:51.190 --> 00:48:52.250
  • Jesus at the top of the list.
  • 00:48:52.250 --> 00:48:54.250
  • He didn't need to get baptized.
  • 00:48:54.250 --> 00:48:56.050
  • Baptized is about the old you
  • 00:48:56.050 --> 00:48:57.110
  • dying in the water
  • 00:48:57.110 --> 00:48:58.200
  • and the new you coming up.
  • 00:48:58.200 --> 00:49:00.040
  • This is the perfect Son of God.
  • 00:49:00.040 --> 00:49:01.260
  • There's no old him to go down
  • 00:49:01.260 --> 00:49:03.090
  • in the water.
  • 00:49:03.090 --> 00:49:04.010
  • He created John the Baptist and
  • 00:49:04.010 --> 00:49:05.100
  • spoke the water into existence
  • 00:49:05.100 --> 00:49:06.290
  • that he was gonna go down in.
  • 00:49:06.290 --> 00:49:09.220
  • But he knew what was at stake.
  • 00:49:09.220 --> 00:49:11.240
  • He said, "John,
  • 00:49:11.240 --> 00:49:12.140
  • this ain't about me.
  • 00:49:12.140 --> 00:49:13.180
  • This is about who
  • 00:49:13.180 --> 00:49:14.110
  • is coming after me.
  • 00:49:14.110 --> 00:49:15.120
  • I didn't just come to die the
  • 00:49:15.120 --> 00:49:16.140
  • death they were supposed to die.
  • 00:49:16.140 --> 00:49:17.140
  • I came to live the life they
  • 00:49:17.140 --> 00:49:19.000
  • were supposed to live.
  • 00:49:19.000 --> 00:49:20.100
  • I gotta be their perfect
  • 00:49:20.100 --> 00:49:21.180
  • example.
  • 00:49:21.180 --> 00:49:22.110
  • You gotta baptize me.
  • 00:49:22.110 --> 00:49:25.110
  • Satan, I can't turn the stones
  • 00:49:25.110 --> 00:49:26.130
  • into bread 'cause if I turn the
  • 00:49:26.130 --> 00:49:28.020
  • stones in bread and eat of it,
  • 00:49:28.020 --> 00:49:29.150
  • I am no better than Adam that
  • 00:49:29.150 --> 00:49:30.230
  • ate of the forbidden fruit
  • 00:49:30.230 --> 00:49:32.110
  • and brought sin into the world."
  • 00:49:32.110 --> 00:49:33.150
  • He knew we were at stake.
  • 00:49:33.150 --> 00:49:35.160
  • Hear me today, when you're
  • 00:49:35.160 --> 00:49:36.250
  • in your wilderness, don't you
  • 00:49:36.250 --> 00:49:37.250
  • forget what's at stake.
  • 00:49:37.250 --> 00:49:39.080
  • You can't give into that
  • 00:49:39.080 --> 00:49:40.060
  • temptation.
  • 00:49:40.060 --> 00:49:40.260
  • This isn't just about you.
  • 00:49:40.260 --> 00:49:41.170
  • These are about people that
  • 00:49:41.170 --> 00:49:42.230
  • are coming after you.
  • 00:49:42.230 --> 00:49:44.000
  • These are about people that
  • 00:49:44.000 --> 00:49:44.240
  • are watching you.
  • 00:49:44.240 --> 00:49:45.190
  • C'mon, the decisions you make
  • 00:49:45.190 --> 00:49:46.170
  • today will determine the stories
  • 00:49:46.170 --> 00:49:48.170
  • you tell tomorrow.
  • 00:49:48.170 --> 00:49:51.160
  • Number four, I'm done.
  • 00:49:51.160 --> 00:49:52.120
  • You're gonna win the war in your
  • 00:49:52.120 --> 00:49:53.060
  • wilderness, you've gotta know
  • 00:49:53.060 --> 00:49:54.050
  • where your help comes from.
  • 00:49:55.030 --> 00:49:58.030
  • Woo, with every attack the enemy
  • 00:49:58.030 --> 00:49:59.050
  • launched, he tried his best.
  • 00:49:59.050 --> 00:50:00.230
  • He even tried to get his
  • 00:50:00.230 --> 00:50:01.190
  • worship.
  • 00:50:01.190 --> 00:50:02.180
  • That was the final attack.
  • 00:50:02.180 --> 00:50:03.110
  • C'mon, you know the enemy always
  • 00:50:03.110 --> 00:50:04.110
  • does that.
  • 00:50:04.110 --> 00:50:05.050
  • He wants your worship.
  • 00:50:05.050 --> 00:50:06.080
  • It happened to some of
  • 00:50:06.080 --> 00:50:07.110
  • you today.
  • 00:50:07.110 --> 00:50:08.030
  • You came in and you wanted to
  • 00:50:08.030 --> 00:50:09.010
  • lift up your hands but the enemy
  • 00:50:09.010 --> 00:50:10.050
  • kept reminding you of that issue
  • 00:50:10.050 --> 00:50:11.230
  • that's going on at home and all
  • 00:50:11.230 --> 00:50:13.070
  • your past mistakes 'cause he's
  • 00:50:13.070 --> 00:50:14.110
  • trying to get you to be quiet.
  • 00:50:14.110 --> 00:50:15.280
  • But I came to tell somebody in
  • 00:50:15.280 --> 00:50:17.160
  • the wilderness, "Don't
  • 00:50:17.160 --> 00:50:18.180
  • you lose your worship just
  • 00:50:18.180 --> 00:50:19.260
  • 'cause you in the wilderness.
  • 00:50:19.260 --> 00:50:21.140
  • You might not understand it
  • 00:50:21.140 --> 00:50:22.180
  • but don't just look at
  • 00:50:22.180 --> 00:50:24.060
  • what's going on around you.
  • 00:50:24.060 --> 00:50:25.060
  • Look at the God above you.
  • 00:50:25.060 --> 00:50:26.240
  • C'mon, is there anybody
  • 00:50:26.240 --> 00:50:27.250
  • in here that knows
  • 00:50:27.250 --> 00:50:29.110
  • where your help comes from?
  • 00:50:29.110 --> 00:50:30.150
  • where your help comes from?
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  • Your love so great,
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  • Your love so great,
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  • Jesus in all things.
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  • I've seen a glimpse
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  • of your heart.
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  • A billion years,
  • 00:50:53.290 --> 00:50:56.080
  • still I'll be singing.
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  • How can I praise you enough?
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  • How can I praise you enough?
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  • 'Cause you are
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  • the Lord Almighty outshining
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  • all the stars in glory.
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  • Your love is like
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  • the wildest ocean.
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  • Oh, nothing else compares.
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  • Creation calls
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  • call to the Savior.
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  • We are alive for
  • 00:51:41.080 --> 00:51:43.110
  • your praise.
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  • In earth and sky,
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  • no one is higher.
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  • Our God of wonders,
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  • you reign.
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  • Our God of wonders,
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  • you reign.
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  • C'mon, help us sing.
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  • You are the Lord Almighty
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  • outshining all the stars
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  • in glory.
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  • Your love is like
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  • the wildest ocean.
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  • Oh, nothing else compares.
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  • 'Cause you are
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  • the Lord Almighty
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  • outshining all the stars
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  • in glory.
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  • Your love is like
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  • the wildest ocean.
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  • Not to us, but to your name,
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  • we lift up all praise.
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  • Not to us, but to your name,
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  • we lift up all praise.
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  • Not to us, but to your name,
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  • we lift up all praise.
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  • Not to us, but to your name,
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  • we lift up all praise.
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  • You are the Lord Almighty
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  • outshining all the stars
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  • in glory.
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  • Your love is like
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  • the wildest ocean.
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  • Oh, nothing else compares.
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  • 'Cause you are
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  • the Lord Almighty
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  • outshining all the stars
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  • in glory.
  • 00:54:02.010 --> 00:54:05.010
  • Your love is like
  • 00:54:05.010 --> 00:54:07.120
  • the wildest ocean.
  • 00:54:07.120 --> 00:54:10.050
  • Oh, nothing else compares.
  • 00:54:13.280 --> 00:54:16.280
  • Oh, nothing else compares.
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